Adopt scientific methods to boost quality tea production: experts

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RANGPUR, June 18, 2021 (BSS) – Experts at an on-field practical training workshop have stressed on adopting scientific methods in farming tea on plain lands to boost production of high quality tea.

Bangladesh Tea Research Institute of Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) organised the event on ‘Selection of leaves, fertilisation and pests’ management in tea plantation’ for 68 tea growers under its ‘Expansion of Small Holding Tea Cultivation in Northern Bangladesh Project’ at Lohakachi village Shalbahan union in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh on Thursday, a press release said today.

The workshop was arranged following the Camellia Open Sky School Model to enhance knowledge and expertise of tea growers to expand small-scale tea cultivation through reaching the latest scientific methods, technologies and tea related services to boost tea output in five northern districts.

Senior Scientific Officer (Entomology) of Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) and its Project Director for the Northern Bangladesh Project Agriculturist Dr Mohammad Shameem Al Mamun moderated the training workshop.

Development Officer at BTB’s Panchagarh Regional Office Agriculturist Md Amir Hossain and its Assistant Farm Superintendent Agriculturist Mohammad Sayedul Haque conducted different sessions in the workshop as resource persons.

Amir Hossain discussed plantation, selection and plucking of tea leaves, fertilisation, integrated pests’ management (IPM) and pruning and tipping and other important issues in tea plantation on plain lands.

Dr Mamun said plain lands on the Kartoa Valley ecological zone comprising five northern districts of Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat are highly fertile and favourable for tea cultivation.

“Expanded tea cultivation on the small-scale basis on these plain lands has already become highly profitable unveiling a new horizon of economic prospect for farmers and common people speeding up their economic development in the northern region,” he added.

He called upon farmers for expanding small-scale tea cultivation adopting scientific and organic methods on plain lands in these five northern districts to earn higher profits than many other crops and accelerate economic development of the region as a whole.