NOAKHALI, Apr 4: The harvesting of high-yielding variety (HYV) wheat is going on in full swing in the district. The farmers are expecting a high profit since there is abundant production of the crop this year.
The farmers of Subarnachar and Sadar upazilas cultivated HYV wheat BARRI-25 this year.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Noakhali, BARRI-25 is a short duration wheat variety with low production cost which was invented and developed by Bangladesh Agricultural Institute.
Due to timely supply of seed and fertiliser provided by the DAE free of cost, absence of pest attack, and proper nursing, the farmers are optimistic about getting good production of wheat.
When contacted, Project Officer of DAE Md. Golam Kibria said, "The farmers of Subarnachar and Sadar upazilas cultivated wheat in total 165 hectares of land. Of those, 100 hectares have been cultivated in Subarnachar and the rest 65 hectares in Sadar upazilas. The production target was 380 tonnes, but the target was exceeded."
The famers have already harvested nearly 60 per cent of the crop, the officer added.
Deputy Director of the DAE Pranab Bhattacharjee hoped that more lands will be brought under wheat cultivation here since the farmers are getting expected profit.
A wheat grower Mamun Chowdhury of Char Ziauddin under Subarnachar upazila said, "I have cultivated wheat on 30 decimals of land spending Tk 4,000 including labour, irrigation, and pesticide costs. The DEA provided seeds and fertiliser free of cost. Now, I hope to earn about Tk 9,000 by selling the produce in the market."
Some other growers - Akbar Mistree, Harun ur Rashid, Abul Kalam, Nurul Amin and Jasim Miah echoed the same expression.
Nearly 25 marginal farmers of the two upazilas got seeds and fertilisers from the DEA.
A total of 30 farmers in the two upazilas cultivated wheat on commercial basis, the DAE Project Officer Md. Golam Kibria informed.