Govt earmarks Tk 33.62 cr as incentive for Aus production
27 March 2016, Nirapad News: The government has launched third consecutive ‘incentive programme’ with a cost of Taka 33.62 crore for small and marginal farmers in the country to enhance aus cultivation.
Besides, the government has allocated Taka 1.96 crore for enhancing sweet pumpkin and ‘dhaincha'(Sesbania) production.
Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury formally announced the programme while addressing a press conference at her ministry conference room this morning.
Under the programme, a total 2,31,363 small and marginal farmers will get necessary seed and chemical fertilizers free of cost for cultivating local high yielding variety (HYV) and NERICA, a stress tolerant African variety aus paddy in 49 drought prone districts across the country.
As per the programme, each farmer will get 5 kg HYV aus paddy seed, 20 kg urea, 10 kg DAP and MoP and Taka 400 in cash as irrigation cost for cultivating the rice variety on a bigha of land during the ongoing summer season of 2016-17 fiscal year.
For Nerica cultivation, each farmer will get 10 kg seed instead of 5 kg along with other agricultural inputs.
“We already have moved these necessary agri-inputs to different stations across the country and the farmers will get these inputs shortly for cultivating the Aus paddy which would begin from middle of the April”, the agriculture minister told the journalists.
Ultimately, we want to encourage rain-fed and stress-tolerant rice variety across the country instead of boro paddy to make rice cultivation cost-effective, she said.
At present, the farmers have to spend approximately 3,900 liters of water as irrigation for producing a kilogram of boro rice, said the minister.
The programme will be implemented in Narayanganj, Tangail, Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Kishorganj, Comilla, Chandpur, B-Baria, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Hobiganj, Chittagong, Noakhali, Feni, Lakkhipur, Cox’sbazar, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Bogra, Jaipurhat, Pabna, Sirajganj, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Jessore, Jenidah, Magura, Kushtia, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Narail, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalokhati, Patuakhali, Barguna, Bhola, Faridpur, Madaripur and Gopalganj districts.
Agriculture secretary Mohammad Mainuddin Abdullah, Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Hamidur Rahman, Additional Secretary Syed Ali Nasim Khaliluzzaman and Additional Secretary (extension) Abul Bashar, among others, were present.