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More irrigation efficiency must to reduce agri output cost: HT Imam

RAJSHAHI, March 5, 2017 (BSS)- Prime Minister's Political Adviser HT Imam here today mentioned more efficiency in irrigation has become a necessity for reducing the misuse of water alongside decreasing agriculture production cost.

He opined that the existing irrigation method has increased misuse of water adding pressure on both ground and surface water posing a serious threat to ecology.

So, some major parameters like water distribution system, irrigation scheme management system, water marketing system, sources of water, source of energy, Alternate Wetting Drying (AWD) and types of pumps should be brought under consideration.

He was addressing a view-sharing meeting with engineers and officials of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) held at its conference hall in Rajshahi city on Sunday.

With BMDA Chairman Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury in the chair, Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi division Aminul Islam, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Kazi Ashraf Uddin, former BMDA chairman Nurul Islam Thandu and former Director General of Department of Agriculture Extension Hamidur Rahman also spoke.

BMDA, the pioneering state-owned irrigation providing organisation in the northwest of Bangladesh, has brought 752,000 hectares including 2.61 lakh hectares of irri-boro land under irrigation facilities through operating 14,090 power-driven deep tube wells (DTWs).

The irrigated lands have yielded around 618,000 tonnes of extra crops, especially food grain in the region especially in the vast Barind Tract per year.

The meeting observed that the agriculture sector has already witnessed the scarcity of irrigated water, which may be harmful for crop production. Besides, the agriculture sector has faced huge production cost due to rising prices of different agri-inputs, which is pushing farmers of the region into a difficult situation.

Dr Akram Chowdhury painted an overview of its ongoing projects and progress of those. He said the region scored significant progress in the crop production sector following the expansion of irrigation facilities along with supplying water from the re-excavated canals and ponds.

Additional 7.40 lakh metric tonnes of food grain is expected to be produced through providing irrigation to additional 86,000 hectares of farming fields upon re-launching the DTWs.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)