Pabna-Natore-Siragjonj Minor Irrigation Development Project: 3rd Phase

--Md. Lutfor Rahman Howlader

Bangladesh has more opportunity to develop in agriculture area. Using this opportunity to increase supply of water for irrigation management to extend has been planning for food security in the country. For this

w         To increase agriculture activities

w         To create rural employment opportunity

w         To increase GDP of middle, minor and major farmers

That, to help the achievement in poverty remove program of the government.

There are 4, 74,273 hectors cultivated fit land under 3 districts in total 24 upazillas for this proposed project.

Under this project, about 3, 31,982 hector land almost 70% of the total area has come under irrigation from 1st & 2nd phase implementation of the project involving machineries and infrastructure with the initiative of different person in the project area. Still 1, 42,291 hector land that is 30% of the land remains out of irrigation facilities. The said project is being incremented for expansion of irrigation facilities and ensuring proper irrigation management in 21,076 hector land that is 4.44% land of the total uncovered irrigation land of the project.

Objectives of the Project

The main objectives of this project are as follows:

1. To produce additional 52691 metric tons of food grain per year providing irrigation facilities to 21076 hectares of land.

2. To sustain and maintain continuity of irrigation schemes implemented during 1st and 2nd phase of the project and to produce additional 114261 metric tons of food grain per year covering 45704 hectares of land under irrigation by utilizing the irrigation equipments and irrigation structures constructed up to the 3rd phase of the project.

3. To increase supply of surface water for irrigation and improve water logging situation under the project area & to ensure minimum water requirement for irrigation through practicing “On farm water Management Technology” & applying `Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD)’ method of irrigation.

4. To create self-employment opportunity and to alleviate poverty of the people of the project area and to develop skill manpower imparting effective training