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Govt to excavate 725km canal to boost agri production

In an attempt to make agriculture more

profitable and raise crop production, the government has taken a 725

kilometers canal excavation programme in Chattogram hill tracts.

“Approximately 13,184 square kilometers in Rangamati, Khagrachhari and

Bandarban are covered with hills which can play vital role in raising food

production,” he said.

Dr Razzaque said this while exchanging views with the agriculture

officials at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of Chattogram

region.

The minister also asked the field level agriculture officials to take

initiatives for implementing area-wise agriculture diversification programme

for making the agriculture more profitable.

He advised the officials concerned to be more sincere for raising

integrated farming for supplying safe and nutritious food to the countrymen.

Apart from this, Dr Razzaque said a project involving Taka 211 crore has

been taken to modernize the agriculture, adding that the outcome of these

projects must have reach to the farmers.

The regional agriculture officials also apprised the minister of the

current situation, problem and prosperity of agriculture in the respective

districts.

Mentioning that the hilly region is suitable for exotic crop production

along with conventional food production technology, the minister said there

is enormous scope of commercial production of cashew nuts, coffee and dragon

fruit in the hilly region which can bring a revolutionary change in the

region.

AKM Monirul Alam, Director of DAE Extension Wing, Wahiduzzaman, Director of

Horticulture Wing, DAE Additional Director Manjurul Huda, Additional Director

of Rangamati Region Pawan Kumar Chakma among others spoke on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)