Published:  12:22 AM, 26 February 2020

Small-scale tea cultivation highly profitable: Experts

Experts at a workshop have said small-scale tea cultivation on the plain land adopting scientific methods and least technologies is highly profitable for farmers.

They expressed the view at the motivational training workshop on "Expansion of small-scale tea cultivation" held at Haripur upazila parishad auditorium in Thakurgaon on Monday, said a press release, reports BSS.

Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) organized the event aiming to expanding small-scale tea cultivation under its 'Expansion of Small Holding Tea Cultivation in Northern Bangladesh Project' to reach tea cultivation-related services to farmers.

Government officials, public representatives, political and religious leaders, 45 new tea farmers, nine Sub-assistant Agriculture Officers (SAAOs) of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and common farmers participated in the event.

Deputy Commissioner of Thakurgaon Dr KM Kamruzzaman Selim attended the workshop as the chief guest with Haripur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Abdul Karim in the chair.

Vice-chairman of Haripur upazila Motahara Pervin and Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Noimul Huda Sarker addressed the workshop moderated by Officer-in-Charge of BTB for Thakurgaon district Mohammad Sayedul Haque.
Senior Scientific Officer of BTB and its Project Director of Northern Bangladesh Project Agriculturist Dr Mohammad Shameem Al Mamun presented the keynote paper.

He discussed prospect of farming different tea varieties, management of tea nursery, insects, weeds, soil and fertilisers, scientific methods and technologies, pruning and tipping and choosing tea leaves for plucking in the event.
"The plain land of five northern districts of Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat is highly fertile and climatic conditions favourable for tea cultivation," he said.

Dr. Mamun suggested farmers for expanding small-scale cultivation of tea on the plainland to earn more profits than many other crops for their faster economic development to improve living standards.

Agriculturist Noimul Huda directed the SAAOs for reaching scientific methods, least technologies and services to tea growers at their doorsteps to expand tea farming in the northern region.

The chief guest suggested for expanded tea cultivation on the small-scale basis on the plainland to unveil a new horizon of economic prospect for farmers in the northern region.

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