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Cultivation of mugbean, sesame in Barind stressed

RAJSHAHI, Speakers at a meeting urged the farmers to cultivate mug bean and sesame in the Barind area as these two drought crops are suitable for farming in the region.

As the groundwater level is depleting fast in the Barind region, these droughttolerant varieties will contribute to maintaining ecological balance in the Barind region, they added.

They came up with the observation while distributing seed of mug bean and sesame among some of the farmers at Barendra Eco Park, an integrated agricultural farm, in Sapahar Upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.

Regional Wheat and Maize Research Station arranged the programme in association with Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), which was attended by more than 80 farmers both males and females.

On the occasion, 20 farmers were given 100 kilograms of mug bean and 12

kilograms of sesame seeds free of cost with the main thrust of motivating and

encouraging them towards the cash crop farming.

BMDA Chairman Dr Akram Hossain Chowddhury and Upazila Agriculture Officer

Md Muniruzzaman addressed the programme as chief and special guests

respectively with Managing Director of Barendra Eco Park Sohel Rana in the

chair.

Dr Akram Chowdhury said there is a bright prospect of yielding additional

five lakh metric tons of mug bean every year in the high barind tract

comprising Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts.

He viewed around one lakh bigha of land remains fallow for more than three

months after the harvest of rabi crops like wheat, mustard, potato and tomato

every year. There has been enormous scope of bringing the huge land under mug

bean and sesame farming in order to have best uses of those alongside

increasing cropping intensity amid the current waterstress condition.

Referring to various salient features of Mug dal production he said: No

additional cost for fertilizer, pesticide and irrigation is needed to

cultivate this shortterm cash crop.

Referring to the immense prospect of the crop, he also said that if the

yield could be enhanced to the expected level through successful expansion of

the modern cultivation method among the growers, country's hardearned

foreign currencies would be saved.

He said the country has to import huge Mug dal to meet its domestic

demand. Since there is a bright prospect of increasing its acreage, he said

Mug dal could be produced in larger amount with less production cost and the

yield will, no doubt, lessen pressure on import.

Muniruzzaman told the farmers that mug bean is a drought tolerant short

duration crop which will be suitable for the droughtprone area's

environment.

Cultivation of Mug dal has been playing a significant role in crop

intensity and diversification, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)