‘Lost glory of granary of Bengal Barishal to return soon’

Barishal Correspondent :
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak, while visiting Barishal on Monday and addressing as the Chief Guest on the occasion of Boro Paddy Harvesting and Field Day at Nanda Para village in Bakerganj upazila the district, said once Barishal was granary of Bengal and that lost glory will return soon as there will be a revolution in agriculture in Barishal region.
The Minister visiting Boro crop fields on the occasion of field day told fertilizer, seeds, pesticides have been being provided to the farmers through the project of the Department of Agriculture for the current harvest.
He directed the government officials and politicians to give a comprehensive project on the problem of power tiller in Barishal, Sulice is Gate and canal excavation. He said that now there is no cultivation of cows in our area, but we heard the problem of power tiller here, we are all responsible for it.
Calling for preparing an integrated project in Barishal,the ministere said it may be a project worth at least two to three thousand crore taka. Extensive mugdal(golden pulses) is being cultivated in Patuakhali and Bhola districts of this region. Watermelon also widely cultivated here. So I think once upon a time Barishal region was the granary of Bengal and that lost glory will come back. There will be a revolution in agriculture sector of Barishal region
Chief Scientific Officer of Rice Research Institute Dr. Alamgir Hossain, project director Dr. Priyalal was also accompanied the minister.
Regarding the damage of cultivation in Haor area, the minister said that although there was talk of massive damage of cultivated crop in Haor, it was not like that. Out of a total of 452,000 hectares of cultivated land , only 7,000 hectares of land of haor region has been damaged. Action has also been taken against those involved in corruption in agriculture of Haor.
The Minister said that people may think the construction of roads, bridge, building as the development signs, but in fact the basis of development in our country is agriculture.
Rice Research Institute project director Dr.Priyalal said that through this model project, farmers have been given 31 hectares of land with sufficient irrigation pumps, seeds, paddy and fertilizer in 30 kg per bigha.