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BMDA executes socio-economic improvement project in 25 UZs

November 29, 2018 00:00:00

RAJSHAHI, Nov 28 (BSS): Apart from various need-oriented uplift programmes, the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has implemented a project for improving the socio-economic condition of the people living in the Barind tract.

BMDA sources said the 'Barind Integrated Area Development Project' (phase-3) was implemented in all the 25 upazilas under Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts recently.

The Tk 2.84 billion project had been designed to bring additional 45,000 hectares under controlled and appropriate irrigation management system through installation of new deep tube wells (DTWs).

By enhancing electrical networks for the new DTWs, the project ensures supplementary irrigation to another 60,000 hectares on its successful implementation.

It also creates employment facility for the small and marginal farmers, day laborers and women in the project area.

Executive Director of BMDA Engineer Abdur Rashid said the Barind tract is the driest part of the country and characterised by high and wavy topographical features, low river network, high summer temperature and other unfavorable climatic conditions for agriculture.

Terming the groundwater as the main source of irrigation, he said no crops would be produced without irrigation in the dried area.

Only in the Barind area, around 0.23 million hectares remain beyond irrigation facility and if this huge land is brought under irrigation nearly 1.6 million tonnes of additional food grain would be produced, he added.

Besides, he said under the project, underground irrigation channel has been constructed for resisting wastage of water.

Abdur Rashid said the project helps to increase food production side by side creating self employment opportunities and accelerating economic growth in the area.

"We are taking full-length preparations for providing irrigation to the coming irri-boro farming fields everywhere in the country's northwest region," he said.

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