National Desk, Rashedul Islam Biplob , Staff Reporter: Dhaka Office: Alltimenews.com:- Tea cultivation increases in Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, With extended cultivation of tea in Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts, the manufacturing will help meet the local demand, planters wish. In 2007, Kaniz Fatema, daughter-in-law of former president, the past due Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, started out tea cultivation on 25 acres on the bank of the bordering Nagor River at Nitoldoba village underneath Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon district, forty km west of the district headquarters.
Later, she offered the tea garden to the Greenfield Tea Estate Company.
The Greenfield then expanded the garden up to forty five acres. Marginal farmers of Nitoldoba village also started cultivation on a small scale on forty acres. Later, Alhajj Dabirul Islam, MP, began two tea gardens—under Ronbag Tea Estate Ltd—15 km from the Baliadangi upazila headquarters at Ronbag village inside the Paria area and Panchurhat village within the Lahiri location at the financial institution the Nagor.
Alhajj Dabirul Islam stated he had set up gardens two years in the past—one at Ronbag village in which he had planted tea saplings on 270 bighas and the opposite at Panchurhat village on 450 bighas. He stated he commenced selling tea leaves worth Tk four lakh to the Korotoa Tea Factory in Panchagarh district on the charge of Tk 20 to Tk 30 according to kg after one year. He hoped to promote tea leaves worth Tk 20 lakh from both the gardens this yr.
He has stated that growers incurred losses if tea leaves were bought at Tk 20 in step with kg. They should make earnings, if they offered at Tk 30 or above. He additionally said tea manufacturing could get a lift if the authorities provided loans at a low interest charge and prolonged different centers.
He said that, whilst he changed into a member of a parliamentary status committee, he had proposed the beginning of tea cultivation within the northern parts of Bangladesh. The Tea Board then sent an expert crew in 1999 to Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and other frontier districts to assess the possibility of tea cultivation.
The crew had tested the soil, weather, temperature, rainfall and other factors of the area and submitted a document to the Tea Board.
The report stated that the border belt of Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts had been suitable for tea cultivation as the soil of the vicinity turned into loamy and rain water easily drained out.
The record further said that the tea might be cultivated in border regions of Panchagarh district, whilst in Thakurgaon district the tea may be cultivated on 25,000 acres. The Kazi and Kazi Tea Estate Co., Tetulia Tea Co. And some other tea planters commenced tea cultivation in 2000. In Thakurgaon district, the cultivation started out in 2007. The cultivation in Lalmonirhat district, but, had already commenced.
Besides the establishment of huge tea gardens, the small and marginal farmers of Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts additionally commenced cultivation on a small scale. In Panchagarh district, many small farmers commenced cultivating tea a few years ago.
In Thakurgaon district, 33 small marginal farmers of Nitoldoba village started the cultivation on 40 acres.
One of the growers, Niren Chandra, stated earlier he used to domesticate one-of-a-kind plants, but couldn’t make a lot income. “Now, I wish I can be able to make income and increase the cultivation in destiny,” he added.
In the tea gardens of Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts, the planters have hired both male and lady labourers at wages starting from Tk a hundred and seventy to Tk two hundred an afternoon. If the manufacturing will increase similarly inside the two districts, the growers wish they might be able to export tea after assembly the neighborhood demand.
National Desk, Alltimenews.com