Call to expand cotton farming in droughtprone Barind area

RAJSHAHI, Utmost emphasis should be given on expansion of cotton farming in the droughtprone Barind area after the best uses of its existing potentialities.

Farmers and others concerned should be motivated so that they can expand cotton farming in the area for boosting up its production to meet up the country's demand.

The observations came at a regional workshop titled Prospect of Cotton

Farming in Droughtprone Barind area hosted by Cotton Development Board

(CDB) held at the conference hall of Barind Multipurpose Development

Authority (BMDA) in Rajshahi metropolis today.

BMDA Chairman Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury and Additional Secretary

(Research) to the Ministry of Agriculture Komolaranjan Das addressed the

workshop as chief and special guests respectively while Executive Director of

CDB Dr Farid Uddin Ahmed was in the chair.

BMDA Executive Director Engineer Abdur Rashid and Chief Cotton

Development Officer Mozaddid Al Shamim also spoke. CDB Deputy Director Abu

Iliash Mian was the keynote presenter.

Dr Akram Chowdhury says the cotton production could be enhanced to a

greater extent in the region if necessary measures were adopted and due

importance was given to the sector.

Considering the demand of the country's textile industries, the local

cotton growers can meet only a meager 35 percent of the annual demand and

the rest is met through import.

He said: There is a lack of researchers in the cotton sector of in the

region. If we could raise awareness about the benefits of cotton farming,

there will be more people interested in this sector.

Dr Farid Uddin said there is an enormous prospect of boosting cotton

production after the best uses of existing natural resources and the CDB has

been working to materialize all the prospects.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)