Farm mechanization can mitigate water-stress condition in Barind
6 April 2016, Nirapad News: Agricultural scientists and researchers opined that substantial and sustainable expansion of conservation agriculture technologies like farm mechanization can be the effective means of mitigating the existing water-stress condition in the high Barind tract.
They called for promotion of growers’ level farm mechanization to boost crop outputs to feed the gradually increasing population. Cropping intensity can be increased to 250 percent even 400 percent from the existing 200 percent through reducing the existing time gap between the two crops after the best uses of the farm mechanization.
They were addressing a field day-cum-farmers gathering titled “Improving Crop and Soil Productivity with saving Inputs through Conservation Agriculture” in Bijoynagar area under Godagari Upazila of the district yesterday.
Regional Wheat Research Center (RWRC) organized the programme in association with Krishi Goveshona Foundation (KGF) disseminating ideas and knowledge of conservation agriculture among the farmers.
Chairman of BMDA Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury, Deputy Director of Agriculture Information Services Dr Jahangir Alam and Deputy Director of DAE Dev Dulal Dhali spoke as special guests with Dr Ilias Hossain, Principal Scientific Officer of RWRC, in the chair.
The speakers mentioned that all the officials and others concerned including the scientists and farmers should put in their level best efforts and work together as the present government is very much positive towards the field.
They viewed time has come to enhance acreage of wheat farming instead of only depending on Irri-boro rice in the dried area to ensure food security amid the adverse impact of climate change.
Dr Akram Chowdhury says mechanization is an important tool for profitable and competitive agriculture. The need for mechanization is increasing fast with the decrease of draft power.
Without mechanization it will not be possible to maintain multiple cropping patterns, which need quick land preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, processing.
Presently, the government has given emphasis on farm mechanization and is funding for rapid agricultural mechanization. This has mitigated, partly, the financial crisis for design and development of agricultural machinery.
The farmers and rural entrepreneurs are trying to further mechanize some of these operations to reduce cost of production and time of operation
Both researchers and manufacturers need appropriate and adequate trainings on improved farm mechanization and associated machines so that they can design and develop better machinery.
Dr Ilias Hossain said highly coordinated research and extension among GO, NGO and private agricultural machinery manufacturers are required to support this process of mechanization and for better understanding of the impact process on the livelihood of the rural poor such as marginal farmers, agricultural labourers and rural artisans.