Horticulture Specialist of the DAE at its regional office here Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam said maize cultivation is contributing to cut poverty improving livelihoods of the poor assisting them in achieving self-reliance.
He also said, “The DAE has fixed a target of producing about 7.58 lakh tonnes of maize from 83,192 hectares of land in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts under Rangpur agriculture region this season.”
“However, the farmers have already brought 85,180 hectares of land, 2.39 percent higher than the fixed target of maize cultivation as the sowing of the seed of the cereal crop still continues in the region,” Islam added.
Along with farmers in the mainland, the char and riverside people are also expanding maize farming on their sandy and barren char lands after getting better profits to change fortune in recent years through farming the cash crop.
Like in the previous seasons, the char and riverside people have cultivated maize on the vast tracts of the dried-up riverbeds and shoals of the Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla, Jamuna, Dudhkumar, Atrai, Kartoa, Ghaghot, and other tributaries this time.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said there are potentialities to increase maize output by bringing the huge abandoned char lands on the Brahmaputra basin.
He said, “Maize farming has become more profitable than many other crops encouraging the farmers in cultivating the cereal crop on more lands using conservation agriculture (CA) technologies for better output at reduced costs.”
Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md Moniruzzaman said the government has put emphasis on expanding cultivation of less irrigation water consuming maize crop that helps the poor in cutting poverty to achieve self-reliance.
He said, “Expanded cultivation of low-irrigation water consuming cereal crop of maize using CA technologies can save huge groundwater, ensure food security and improve environment amid changing the climate.”