The government through the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) launched distribution of agri-incentives to 7,165 small and marginal farmers of Nageshwari upazila in Kurigram on Tuesday.
Nageshwari Upazila Agriculture Office launched distribution of the incentives in terms of seeds and fertilisers among beneficiary farmers in a function held at the Upazila Parishad premises to assist them in cultivating winter crops during the current Rabi season.
Mostafa Zaman, Chairman of Nageshwari Upazila Parishad, inaugurated distribution of the incentives among farmers as the chief guest in the function with Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Shahriar Hossain in the chair.
Nageswari Upazila Nirbahi Officer Farzana Jahan, Upazila Vice-chairman Amina Begum and Nageswari Municipality Mayor Mohammad Hossain Faku attended the function as special guests.
Upazila level government officials, chairmen of different union Parishads, sub-assistant agriculture officers and beneficiary farmers were present. Under the program, 750 farmers of the upazila will get two-kg of maize seeds each, 1,700 small and marginal farmers will get 20-kg of wheat seeds each, 70
farmers will get one-kg of mustard seeds each and 70 farmers will get one-kg of sunflower seeds each.
One-hundred farmers will get 10-kg of groundnut seeds each and 25 farmers will get one-kg of onion seeds each. Besides, 100 farmers will get 5-kg of mung-bean seeds each, 30 farmers will get 8-kg Khesari and 50 farmers will get 5-kg of lentil seeds each. In addition to this, each of the beneficiary 7,165 farmers of the upazila will receive 10-kg of Muriate of Potash and 10-kg to 20-kg of Di-ammonium Phosphate fertilisers free of cost.
The chief guest urged farmers to make best use of the government incentives in farming crops during this Rabi season to increase crop production for ensuring food security amid the global crises caused by the Russia-Ukraine War and Covid-19 pandemic.