In 2020, 1 crore 3 lakh kg of tea has been produced from 10 plain tea gardens and more than 6 thousand small scale tea plantations in five districts of North Bengal including Panchagarh. This year the national production of tea has been 7.39 million kg. Of this, 11.92 percent has been added to the national production from the tea plantations in the northern plains.
Corona situation also has the highest record in tea production this year. As a result, North Bengal has now become the second largest tea producing region. Chittagong is now the third after Sylhet. In a press conference held in the conference room of Panchagarh Regional Tea Board, senior scientific officer and director of Northern Bangladesh project Dr. Mohammad Shamim Al Mamun gave this information.
He said that in 2020, tea has been cultivated in 10 registered and 16 unregistered tea gardens, 8,310 small scale tea gardens in Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Lalmonirhat, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts on a total land of 10,160.56 acres. In 2020, 5,12,63,38 kg of green tea leaves have been extracted from these tea gardens. From which 1 crore 3 lakh kg of tea has been produced in 16 tea factories of Panchagarh and Thakurgaon. Compared to the previous year, the cultivation of tea has increased by 1,469.79 acres in 2020 and 6.11 lakh kg more tea has been produced.
Of these, 997 small scale registered, 5,500 unregistered, 9 unregistered tea gardens, 8 unregistered 18 gardens, 4,80 lakh in 642 acres of land and 96,98,070 kg of green tea leaves have been produced in 642 acres of land in Panchagarh district. In Thakurgaon district, 357 small scale registered, 300 unregistered, 1 tea garden registered 1, unregistered one, 45 lakh on 1,293 acres of land, 4,13,340 kg made from 25,500 kg green tea leaves have been produced.
In Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Dinajpur districts, 155 registered farmers have produced 7,6,610 kg of green tea leaves on 235.56 acres of land. Development Officer Amir Hossain, Chhayedul Haque under the supervision of farms in Thakurgaon and Dinajpur, Jahedul Haque, owner of tea factories spoke at the press conference.
At the press conference, Bangladesh Small Tea Garden Owners Association President Amirul Haque Khokon and small tea growers Matiar Rahman and Anisuzzaman demanded to ensure fair price of new tea leaves, irrigation facilities and fertilizer supply. If these are confirmed, the cultivation and production of tea will increase day by day.
Dr. Mamun said Panchagarh and its adjoining districts are very promising areas for tea cultivation in the plains. Tea cultivation and production is increasing day by day in the northern region. Farmers are being encouraged to expand tea cultivation through various aids. Farmers are being provided improved varieties of saplings at low cost. Hand-to-hand workshops are being held with farmers at ‘Camellia Open Sky School’ in different areas. A mobile app called ‘Two Leaves One Bud’ has already been launched to solve various problems of farmers.
A pest management laboratory has been set up at this regional office. Where tea growers are given various scientific assistance in solving various problems, various diseases and insect control. This year, small farmers have been encouraged to cultivate tea as they get a fair price for the raw leaves produced in their garden, and have taken care of the garden as advised by the Tea Board. New tea plantations are also on the rise due to better leaf prices. It has alleviated poverty and socio-economic development of the people of the northern districts as well as provided employment to a large number of people.
He also said that in the Corona situation, under the direction of the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Tea Board, Major General. Under the management of Zahirul Islam, the overall activities of all the tea gardens in North Bengal were normal. Tea garden care and leaf picking activities have been conducted in compliance with health rules. As a result, the target of tea production in 2020 has been achieved. The Camellia Open Sky School has provided hands-on training in tea cultivation and the provision of modern technology has resulted in a record amount of tea production this year from flat tea gardens and small tea gardens.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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