GAIBANDHA, Mar 11 (BSS) - Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has achieved the Boro cultivation target in its command areas of all the seven upazilas in the district during the current season.
According to sources, the BMDA had set a target to bring a total of 8275 hectares of land in the district under Boro cultivation earlier and the target fixed by the authority was achieved. Later, the production target of 41,375 tonnes of paddy was fixed side by side with ensuring irrigation facilities to the farmers at low cost.
Now, the farmers of the district are busy to nurture the transplanted seedlings in the fields following the suggestions of the field level DAE officials to get desired production.
A total of 331 electricity run deep tubewells of the authority are kept fully functional to supply irrigation water to the paddy land smoothly in the command areas of the district.
To check about 40 percent water wastage in the faulty earth drains, to use the lifted water properly and to save 17 percent arable land from drain construction, UPVC pipes were also installed under the ground to supply water from most of the deep tube wells to Boro land, said M. Noor Islam, executive engineer of BMDA.
GM Selim Parvez, a Boro paddy grower of Hossainpur Village under Fulchhari Upazila said, "Generally, the farmers are to pay Tk 1500-2000 against a bigha of land to purchase irrigation water
from the local providers who operate their power or diesel run
On the contrary, the farmers of BMDA command areas are to pay only Tk 600-800 to the authority on irrigation charge coupon system to get water for the same one bigha of land from the BMDA operated deep tube wells, he added.
The BMDA also distributed high quality seed to the farmers of the command areas at fair prices to help them get their desired production and to make the Boro cultivation a grand success.
All the farmers of BMDA command areas of seven upazilas in the district expressed their deep satisfaction over the irrigation activities being implemented by the authority since 2005 here.
Talking to the BSS project director of deep tube well installation project and superintending engineer of Rangpur circle Abdur Rashid said like Gaibandha the Boro cultivation target was also achieved in Rangpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts under the Rangpur Circle of the authority during the current season.