Known as the heart of the country’s agriculture, the agricultural sector of North Bengal has so far produced to meet its own needs. The government has taken the initiative to modernize the agriculture of this region and use it commercially. So that the farmers can meet the food demand of the country and export. For this purpose, a project titled ‘Sustainable Agricultural Development in Dinajpur Region’ has been proposed at an estimated cost of 65 crore Tk.
According to Planning Commission sources, the project will be presented at the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). A meeting of the Project Evaluation Committee (PEC) on the proposed project was held on April 25 of this year. It will be implemented by the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) by June 2027, if approved at the ECNEC meeting on October 11.
According to the project proposal, 1 thousand 440 agricultural entrepreneurs will be established to transform khorposh agriculture into commercial agriculture. The total cost of the sustainable agricultural development project in Dinajpur region is estimated at 65 crore 31 lakh 69 thousand taka. If the project is implemented, the cultivation intensity will be increased by 4 percent by extending modern agricultural technology.
The goal is to expand environmentally friendly agricultural production technology. This would increase production of high value crops by 12 percent and land productivity by 5 percent. To this end, local agricultural entrepreneurs and farmers are trained in harvesting and managing crops, including maintaining soil health. If the entrepreneurs receive this training, the stakeholders hope that the loss will be reduced by 10 percent by collecting high-value crops.
The project proposal states that it is possible to apply modern agricultural technology in the high and medium-high areas of the vast plains of the Dinajpur region. The region has many opportunities to increase crop productivity and increase crop intensification by adopting appropriate agricultural technologies that can avoid climate risks, including introducing new crops and growing high-value crops.
In addition, the agricultural environment in the region is increasingly threatened by the effects of climate change and industrialization. On the other hand, wealthy farmers are gradually turning away from agriculture for socio-economic reasons and agriculture is falling into the hands of the marginal, small and middle class. Due to a lack of capital, the necessary material for a good yield of the crop cannot be supplied at the right time, resulting in a low yield. The project is proposed to contribute to achieving food security through the introduction of a commercial farming system by leveraging regional potential, opportunities and organizational strength to produce and market nutritious, high-value crops by the educated women, to motivate young people and young people of the country.
The main activity of the project is to demonstrate the technology of modern agriculture to the farmers. For this, 1 thousand 224 soil health protection technologies, 2 thousand 380 special technologies are exhibited. Under this project, the construction of 5 farming centers, the construction of 155 non-electric cold rooms, 8 polynets or barn houses will be built.
Not only that, the farmers will also be encouraged in modern agriculture by traveling to different places. For this, 92 motivational trips, 2 thousand 135 field days, 12 agricultural technology fairs and in-house training courses are provided.
Sadar upazila of Dinajpur, Birol, Birganj, Kaharol, Bochaganj, Chirirbandar, Khansama, Parvatipur, Phulbari, Birampur, Nawabganj, Hakimpur and Ghoraghat upazilas. Thakurgaon Sadar, Pirganj, Baliadangi, Ranishankail and Haripur upazilas of Thakurgaon. This project will be carried out in Panchagarh Sadar, Tentulia, Atwari, Boda and Debiganj upazilas of Panchagarh.