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Tender wheat plants growing well in Rangpur region

RANGPUR, Jan 07, 2017 (BSS) -The tender wheat plants are growing well amid a favorable climatic condition predicting excellent production despite a little shortfall in the farming target this season in Rangpur agriculture region.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, the farmers finally cultivated wheat on 26,673 hectares of land, 379 hectares less than the fixed target of bringing 27,052 hectares under its farming this time in the region.

Horticulture specialist of DAE Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam said the government had fixed a target of producing 83,862 tonnes of wheat from 27,052 hectares of land in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts under the region during the current Rabi season.

"The fixed wheat farming target marked a little shortfall by only 379 hectares of land this season following cultivation of potato on more lands by farmers as they got excellent potato price last season in the region," he said.

However, the fixed wheat production target might be achieved as the farmers sowed high quality, disease resistant and stress tolerant variety wheat seeds timely using the latest technologies after harvesting short duration Aman rice, Islam added.

Talking to BSS, Extension Agronomist Anarul Haque at Dinajpur Hub of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center predicted a bumper wheat production following use of high yielding variety seeds and conservation agriculture (CA)-based technologies.

"The farmers have mostly cultivated high yielding variety wheat like 'Bijoy', 'Pradip', 'Sotabdhi', BARI Gom25, BARI Gom26, BARI Gom27, BARI Gom28 and BARI Gom29 to get yield rates between 3.07 and 3.64 tonnes per hectare," he added.

He said that wheat production was being affected in the past due to adverse impacts of high temperature on its farming from flowering to ripening stages for late sowing of seed after harvesting late variety Aman, use of low quality local seeds and other reasons.

"However, the farmers are getting bumper wheat production in recent years following expanded cultivation of the high yielding, stress-tolerant and high temperature- tolerant wheat varieties adopting the latest CA- based technologies,'' Haque added.

Predicting excellent wheat production, Regional Additional Director of the DAE Shah Alam said that that the farmers were provided with necessary assistance to inspire them in cultivating the less irrigation water consuming cereal crop this season.