Ensure scientific agronomic management in tea cultivation: Experts

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RANGPUR, June 14, 2021 (BSS) – Experts at a virtual training workshop today stressed on ensuring scientific agronomic management adopting latest technologies in tea cultivation on plain lands to further boost production of quality tea.

Bangladesh Tea Research Institute of Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) organised the event on ‘”Scientific method of selecting tea leaves” at its Panchagarh regional office in Panchagarh district town today, a press release said.

The workshop was arranged under the ‘Expansion of Small Holding Tea Cultivation in Northern Bangladesh Project’ of BTB following the ‘Camellia Open Sky School Model’ to reach the latest scientific methods, technologies and tea related services to farmers.

Thirty small scale tea growers from different upazilas of Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Bandarban districts virtually participated in the event.

The event was arranged 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.

Chief Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Tea Research Institute in Srimangal, a subsidiary organisation of Bangladesh Tea Board, Dr Tawfiq Ahmed spoke as the key resource person in the workshop.

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

The experts shed light on various issues related to expanding tea farming, adopting scientific methods and technologies and increasing its production in the northern region as well as improving the quality of tea.

They discussed the selection methods of tea varieties, planting of saplings, plucking, tipping, pruning, application of fertilizers, control of pests and diseases.

The participating farmers were taught to use the digitised mobile app ‘Two Leaves One Bud’ to easily get tea cultivation related services at their doorsteps.

Dr Mamun urged farmers to expand tea farming on the highly fertile plain lands of Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts to enhance production of quality tea, earn moiré profits and speed up their economic development.