More than 4.03 lakh tonnes of wheat are expected to be produced from around 1.33 lakh hectares of land during the current season in all eight districts of the division.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has set the target of producing 3.56 lakh tonnes of wheat from 95,210 hectares of land in four districts of Rajshahi Agricultural Zone, while 47,735 tonnes from 37,570 hectares in four districts of Bogura Agricultural Zone.
The DAE has been disbursing seeds and fertilisers free of cost among 67,000 small and marginal farmers for wheat farming under the government’s agricultural incentive programme in the division so that they can boost wheat production.
Rafiqul Islam, a marginalised farmer of Fulbari village under Godagari upazila, said he is very happy after getting the incentives in proper time.
“I have sown wheat seed on one bigha of land timely after getting the seed and fertiliser incentives,” Islam said, adding that the time prior to 5th December is considered as appropriate period for sowing wheat seed.
Various other government and non-government entities have adopted diversified steps to make farming a total success in the region as it’s suitable for the crop for its water-saving and drought tolerant features.
Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), an ever-largest irrigation providing state-run organisation in the country’s northwest region, has full preparation to promote the water-saving crop in the region to mitigate its water-stressed condition.
BMDA under its ‘Quality Seed Production, Distribution & Farmers’ Training Project for crop production Project’ has, so far, supplied 44 tonnes of wheat seeds among the farmers, said ATM Rafiqul Islam, director of the project.
More than 12.58 lakh people of 2.66 lakh households are being motivated and encouraged towards promoting water-saving crops like wheat with intervention of the ‘Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)’ project. DASCOH Foundation has been implementing the project in around 1,280 drought-hit villages under 39 Union Parishads and three municipalities of eight upazilas in Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj.