December 2, 2021, 10:29 am
Latiful Azam, Kishoreganj (Nilphamari): Tea cultivation means hilly areas. This is what people have come to know. According to him, hilly areas like Sylhet or hilly areas are considered suitable for tea cultivation. Now it has become fertile land and tea cultivation is taking place there. And day by day its cultivation is spreading all over the district upazila.
It is learned that in 2014, with the declaration of beggar-free upazila, tea cultivation was started experimentally on one acre of abandoned flat land in the Upazila Parishad premises with the aim of creating employment for beggars.
At the end of one to one and a half years, Sinha Agro, Pathan Traders, Raja and Nilsagar Group have been cultivating about 50 acres of land in Keshba, Moynakuri of Bahagili, Sannyasi Para, Nitai Par Ghat, Barimadhupur, Chandkhana and Magura areas. On the one hand, tea garden owners are benefiting and on the other hand, employment has been created for thousands of working women and men. Workers, including tea garden owners, claim that if there is a public / private tea processing center in the area, they expect unemployment and economic prosperity to come through the green revolution in tea cultivation. The tea workers said that tea cultivation has brought the message of self-reliance in the economic development of the area. In particular, employment of hundreds of women has been created here.
Zayed Imam Siddique, an official of Kishoreganj Tea Board, said the soil in the area is very suitable for tea cultivation. In the hilly plains, where leaf extraction starts in three years, leaf extraction starts in one to one and a half years. The tea leaves produced in the area are of good quality.
Roksana Begum, Upazila Nirbahi Officer, said it was possible to cultivate tea in the entire district with the help of government patronage through fair pricing of raw leaves.
Habibur Rahman, Upazila Agriculture Officer, said tea gardens have been set up on about 50 hectares of land in the area. Tea cultivation on land is being encouraged.