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Plain-land tea farming needs soil, fertilizer management

Published : 30 Jul 2021 09:05 PM | Updated : 31 Jul 2021 12:47 AM

BSS, Rangpur

Experts at a virtual training workshop have stressed ensuring proper soil, fertilizer and agronomic management in tea cultivation on plain lands to further boosting production of quality tea, reports BSS. 

Bangladesh Tea Research Institute (BTRI) of Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) organised the event on "Fertilizer application in tea plantation" at its Panchagarh regional office in Panchagarh district town on Thursday afternoon, a press release said.

The event was arranged under the 'Expansion of Small Holding Tea Cultivation in Northern Bangladesh Project' of BTB to reach scientific methods, management, modern technologies and tea related services to farmers and other stakeholders concerned.

Experts of BRTI and BTB, Managers and high officials of the tea gardens and tea processing factories, small-scale tea growers of different districts virtually participated in the workshop.

The programme was organised under the banner of "Camellia Open Sky School" with the slogan ‘Improved knowledge, improved tea.’

 Senior Scientific Officer of BTB at its Panchagarh regional office and its Project Director of Northern Bangladesh Project Agriculturalist Dr. Mohammad Shameem Al Mamun conducted the training workshop.

Senior Scientific Officer of the Soil Science Division of BTRI at Srimangal Ashim Kumar Saha spoke as the key resource person.

Director of Lalmonirhat Tea Project of BTB Agriculturist Arif Khan, the CHT Project Director of BTB at Bandarban Suman Sikder, Development Officer of BTB in Panchagarh Md Amir Hossain and its Assistant Farm Superintendent Sayedul Haque addressed.

The experts discussed various issues related to soil management in tea gardens and application of fertilizers in immature and mature tea gardens in the northern region as well as other regions for improving the quality of tea.

They stressed adopting scientific methods and technologies for increasing tea production, selection methods of tea varieties, planting of saplings, plucking, tipping, pruning, application of fertilizers, control of pests and diseases.

Dr Mamun especially called upon the participants, including farmers, to use the digitised mobile app 'Two Leaves One Bud' to easily get tea cultivation related services at their doorsteps.

“Farmers can earn more profits through expanding tea farming on plain lands of five northern districts adopting scientific methods and technologies to enhance production of quality tea to further accelerate economic development of the region,” he added.