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Bumper wheat production in Kurigram likely

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 A Correspondent
Kurigram: Farmers in the district are expecting a bumper production of wheat due to favorable weather condition this season.
Farmers cultivated wheat on 12,896 hectares of land in the district during the current Robi crop season.
To the growers, cultivation of the crop is less risky and the price of the produce satisfactory enough.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), high-yielding wheat varieties were cultivated on all the targeted land.
Developed by Bangladesh Wheat Research Institute under Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, the varieties, including BARI-25 and 26, Shatabdi, Shourav and Pradip were cultivated expecting to get 51,455 tonnes of wheat from the cultivated land.
Farmers of the district are gradually getting interested to grow wheat on their lands as it is cost-effective and the harvest is possible just within 105-120 days of the cultivation.
Production of one maund of Boro paddy costs Tk 650 while it takes Tk 500 to produce same quantity of wheat but the price of Boro paddy is Tk 550 per maund while wheat sells at Tk 800 per maund.
Besides, wheat can withstand natural disasters and pest attacks more than paddy.
Farmers’ sources said if the climactic condition remains favorable, they are hopeful to harvest 40 maund of wheat from one acre of land.
Sadar upazila agriculture officer Majnur Rahman attributed the possible bumper output of the crop to favourable weather and sowing of high-yielding varieties of wheat.

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