SYLHET, Mar 15: A total of 23,000 hectares of land are brought under the farming of different crops including Boro paddy this season under a special programme for bringing arable lands under cultivation in Sylhet division.
Deputy Director of DAE divisional office Dr Mamun Ur Rashid said some more areas would be used for Boro production in a week. The recent rainfall helped the farmers to bring some additional lands under farming.
Boro, wheat, mustard, potato, maize, vegetables, pulses, spices and groundnut are the preferable crops for the additional lands.
Earlier, a target was set to bring 71,272 hectares under farming this year as a vast tract of land had long been lying uncultivated in the region.
For the first time, the programme was taken up to bring 25,000 hectares under farming last year while, the achievement was at over 17,000 hectares with the locals' initiatives and the DAE activities, he added.
"About 32.5 per cent of the targeted area is achieved yet this year," the official said, "however, we have some more time and hopefully, the crop area would be increased a little."
The authorities have been providing additional measures for irrigation through low lift pumps (LLP), ensuring seed and others essential inputs for the farmers, especially for the targeted new lands.
About 155,000 farmers have been included in the programme, the official said.
On the other hand, departments like BADC (seed) and BADC (irrigation) had also been involved with the special programme for bringing fallow lands in the region under farming, the official added.