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39,000 Acres Land of Sylhet’s Left Uncultivated

Industry: Agro

The report for 2023 from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) presents a dismal image. Arable land waste in the country is highest in Sylhet. Substantial areas remain undeveloped in every district within the division. Around 39,000 acres of Sylhet’s 8.53 lakh-acre total land area are left uncultivated.

Sylhet, a northeastern Bangladeshi province, faces a challenging agricultural landscape due to a shortage of irrigation water. Farmers prioritize lands with easy water access near rivers and wetlands, highlighting the importance of irrigation facilities. Despite efforts to install deep tube-wells, Sylhet lacks such facilities, causing farmers to struggle to cultivate crops. The government has provided farmers with access to agricultural inputs, but the Sylhet division is still behind. Additional Deputy Director of DAE Sylhet emphasizes the need for “free water” to expand farming. Along with the govt the Agricultural Development Corporation of Bangladesh is proposing a comprehensive irrigation project to expand and increase irrigation in the region.

 

 

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