Tk 24 cr for agriculture rehabilitation programme

By BSS, Dhaka

The government has launched agriculture rehabilitation and incentive programmes with a cost of nearly Taka 24 crore to compensate crop loss of the flood-affected farmers and motivate the southern region farmers in cereal and pulse production.
Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury formally announced the dual programmes while briefing the journalists at the conference room of the Agriculture Ministry here on Sunday morning.
Some 2 lakh five thousand and fifteen small and marginal farmers would come under the programme and Taka eight and a half crore has been earmarked for implementing agriculture rehabilitation and Taka 15 and a half crore for the incentive programme.
Under the rehabilitation program, a total of 86,475 small and marginal farmers will get necessary seed and chemical fertilizers free for cultivating Wheat, Maize, Mustard and Boro rice on a bigha of land by each farmer during the coming winter season.
Along with 20 kgs Di Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and 10 kgs Potash, a farmer will get 20 kgs Wheat, 4kgs Maize, one kg Mustard and 5kgs Boro rice seed for separately cultivating these crops on a bigha of land.
The farmers from 14 flood affected districts of Tangail, Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Netrokona, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Bogra, Sirajganj, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari will come under the programme.
Terming agriculture rehabilitation programme a great initiative by the government, Matia Chowdhury said "the government has implemented the programme 10 times in its last tenure which was exceptional for any governments in the past."
Besides this, the government will provide necessary seeds and fertilizers to some 1,18,540 small and marginal farmers of the Southern region to encourage them for cultivating Wheat, Maize, Pigeon Pea and Felon on a bigha of land.
The farmers from Jessore, Narail, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakhati, Patuakhali, Barguna, Bhola and Gopalganj will get the incentive.
The programme will help increase the overall production of cereal and lentils of the country as now the production of cereals and lentils has already been reduced in other parts of the country, said the agriculture minister.
Senior ministry officials including Agriculture Secretary Dr
S M Nazmul Islam, Additional Secretary and Director-General (Seed
Wing) Anwar Faruque, among others, were present during the