Bumper pulse production likely in Rangpur region
04 January 2016, Nirapad News: A bumper production of pulses is likely as the farmers have exceeded the fixed farming target by 17.40 percent and tender pulse plants are growing excellent in all five districts under Rangpur agriculture region this season.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, the farmers have cultivated pulses on 7,976 hectares of land, 1,182 hectares or 17.40 percent higher than the fixed target of bringing 6,794 hectares under its farming in the region.
The farmers have achieved the success following effective steps taken by the DAE to increase pulse production with assistance of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC), Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) and other organisations.
Besides, the government’s special steps of providing agri- loans at lower interest rate for enhancing production of pulses and spicy crops have further encouraged the farmers on large-scale pulse farming this season.
As a part of the programmes of meeting demand of pulses by the locally produced ones, the government has fixed a target of producing 7,704 tonnes of pulses from 6,794 hectares of land during the current Rabi season in Rangpur agriculture region.
The fixed target include production of 3,528 tonnes lentil from 2,714 hectares of land, 75 tonnes gram from 64 hectares, 2,610 tonnes ‘Mashkalai’ from 2,610 hectares, 130 tonnes mungbean from 126 hectares, 1,191 tonnes of ‘Khesari’ from 1,113 hectares, 36 tonnes cowpea from 33 hectares and 134 tonnes ‘Arhar’ from 134 hectares of land.
However, the farmers have cultivated lentil in 2,298 hectares of land, gram in 70 hectares, ‘Mashkalai’ in 4,147 hectares, mungbean in 162 hectares, ‘Khesari’ in 1,148 hectares, cowpea in 37 hectares and `Arhar’ in 114 hectares land so far in the region.
The concerned agriculture related departments, organisations and banks have provided adequate training, quality seed, latest technologies, inputs and agri-loans to the farmers to make the pulses farming programme successful this season.
Renowned agri-scientist and Adviser -Agriculture of BRAC International (South Asia and Africa) Dr M A Mazid told BSS that there is a brighter prospect for further enhancing pulse output through increasing its cultivation in the country.
“The country would be able to achieve self- reliance on pulse production by using the latest technologies in near future as the farmers have been showing more interests in farming pulses now,” he added.
Horticulture Specialist of the DAE Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam said Rangpur agriculture region has tremendous potential to increase pulse production through proper crop diversification, land management and utilisation of the latest technologies.
Acting Regional Additional Director of the DAE S M Ashraf Ali suggested the farmers for adopting large-scale mixed and inter- cropping methods of crop farming to further increase production of pulses in all seasons round the year.