SYLHET, Mar 16: Over 3500 tonnes of wheat has been produced in Sylhet division this year. However, the production is average this year and the crops of only 5.0 per cent of the cultivated area had been harvested while the rest would be completed in weeks. Per hectare yield would be about 2.2 tonnes, mentioned a report of DAE yesterday.
The highest yield so far has been reported from Sunamganj district, where the crop was cultivated on 588 hectares followed by 487 hectares in Habiganj and 442 hectares in Sylhet while the lowest 22 hectares in Moulvibazar. Hopefully the harvest would be completed by the end of April, an official said.
Cultivation of wheat had been on rise in Sylhet region recently although it was far behind in the division just several years ago due to poor interest of the common farmers. However, a good number of farmers are now getting interest in the crop due to good demand on the markets and for family consumption, said the DAE officials and farmers.
This year the crop was cultivated on 1,614 hectares of land in 4 districts, said the DAE's Deputy Director of divisional office Dr. Mamun Ur Rashid, since the farmers had suffered a little due to late preparation of their lands for the crop, on the sandy areas, especially on the char areas.
We also set some demonstration plots in different upazilas to wooing the common farmers to the crop, since huge tracts of land remain uncultivated in greater Sylhet during the Rabi season.
The DAE had earlier targeted about 2,000 hectares of land under wheat cultivation for the region.
Meanwhile, our Bogra correspondent adds: Wheat cultivators are achieving a good yield this season due to favourable weather condition across the distinct.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said timely supply of necessary agriculture inputs played an important role in attaining the satisfactory production of the cash crop.
Farmers have cultivated wheat on around 2,300 hectares of land against the target of 2,270 hectares fixed by the DAE along with 1,200 tonnes of production target. Modern technology and high yielding seed have raised the confidence of the growers in growing the crop.
Farmer Jaharul of Sadar upzila said he has brought two bighas of land under wheat cultivation this season. He completed harvest the crop yesterday and got 18 maunds of production.
"I brought 0.34 acre of land under the farming of wheat spending Tk 6,000 and got 12 maunds of crop", said farmer Bablu Ali of Kahaloo upazila. He further said, "Each maund of wheat is being sold at Tk 1,100 to Tk 1,400 in the retail market. The price will be raised after March."
DAE official said wheat is the second most important cereal in the country after rice and plays a vital role in the national food security.