More emphasis should be given on adopting time-fitting projects to protect environment and biodiversity from the adverse impact of climate change in Rajshahi specially the vast Barind tract, speakers said on Saturday at a meeting in Rajshahi.
The observations came at the 74th Board Meeting of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) held at its conference hall in Rajshahi city.
The meeting viewed there should be adequate measures of lessening the gradually increasing pressure on the groundwater table. So, time has come to undertake projects of enriching the surface water resources to meet up the present demand. More efficiency in irrigation has become a necessity for reducing the misuse of water alongside decreasing agriculture production cost.
The meeting observed that the existing irrigation method has increased misuse of water adding pressure on both ground and surface water posing a serious threat to ecology.
So, some major parameters like water distribution system, irrigation scheme management system, water marketing system, sources of water, source of energy, Alternate Wetting Drying (AWD) and types of pumps should be brought under consideration.
The meeting reviewed all activities and progress of BMDA projects elaborately and took some important decisions in this regard, the meeting sources said.
With Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury, Chairman of BMDA, in the chair, BMDA Advisers- Israfil Alam, MP, Prof Abdul Quddus, MP, Rejaul Karim, MP, Golam Mostofa, MP, Abdul Malek, MP, former MP Wahedur Rahman and deputy commissioners of Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore, Chapainawabgonj, Pabna and Bogra districts attended the meeting, according to BSS. - Idrak