25 new schemes to cover
1,250 hectares of land in Sylhet
Some 25 new schemes under the minor irrigation development programme are about to be put into operation this year’s dry season for producing additional crops including Boro paddy in Sylhet by providing irrigation facilities.
Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) has implemented the programme in some less developed areas of 12 upazilas. Of the total, highest five areas under Gowainghat Upazila followed by four in Sadar Upazila.
The farmers will be able to collect water from the Surma and Kushiyara rivers through power pumps for irrigating the Boro lands through concrete or plain drains, an official said, adding, already separate electricity lines have been installed through Sylhet Palli Biddutayon Samity.
About 250 farmers will be benefited in each of the schemes, the official further said.
Many farmers said it is a great opportunity for them as massive areas had remained arable during the dry season for ages due to lack of irrigation. “Now we would be able to irrigate those for Boro paddy and other Robi crops”, they added.
Assistant engineer of BADC, Sylhet, Rubayed Faisal Al Masum said the schemes would bring a major change in the area.
The government will spend about Tk 62.5 million for the said 25 irrigation schemes, each of five-cusec capacity. These would irrigate 1,250 hectares of land and help produce additional crops every year, he added.
The farmers have to pay annual rent for the irrigation structures in addition to rent for the electricity during the cropping season, he said.
However, another 17 such schemes will also be used for the second year to irrigate the farmlands in the district.
Pulses farming gaining popularity
A good number of farmers are showing more interest in cultivation of different varieties of pulses and larger areas of farmlands would be used for the purpose this season in greater Sylhet region.
As a detailed programme for Robi crops farming has been on implementation this season in the division, Mashkalai would be cultivated in 1,300 hectares of land in the four districts of the division. Masur in 354 hectares, khesari in 250 hectares, French bean in 3,500 hectares and pea would be on 55 hectares while gram, mung, arhar, leanseed would also be cultivated in larger areas.
Deputy director of DAE, Sylhet divisional office, Dr Mamun Ur Rashid informed.The farmers had already cultivated 7,034 hectares of land for different pulses, It includes, the highest 4,720 hectares for French bean, 1,133 hectares of mashkalai and 300 hectares of mosur, he added.
Although the common farmers in the region’s Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj and Sylhet districts were almost ignorant about farming the pulse crops and the demand was very limited, but the trend is changing for the last few years due to high prices on the open market. Their interest in this regard is increasing day by day as the market price of spices often cause trouble for the common men, many farmers said.
Sylhet Zilla Parished Chairman Condidate Dr. Enamul Haque Sardar built Sylhet with Peoples love. He made a Press Conference in Sylhet City on yesterday Night.
In a question he said if elected he will pass all obstacle with the help of en man. people of Sylhet are sincere about development. He has a plan to material it with every ones participation. But if any untowar incident held it is painful.
In his Election Manifesto he said he attract to resist by developing historical places. Empower women by education, zilla Parished asset will take proper care. Elected Zilla Parished members are receiving due facilities, Education and health care are at the peoples door. develop communication, Sports and culture. Protect the heritage of ethnic people. In reply to a question he said election will be peaceful. If any problem arise he informed the voter.
In the press conference election conducting committee declared. Convener Former MP Shah Azizur Rahman, Former President of Sylhet District bar Advocate Abdul Khalik Joint Convener and Journalist Liakot Shah Foridi Member Secretary.