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Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013

Unb, Habiganj


Around half of the total 24 tea gardens in Habiganj are not cultivating tea while several are cultivating rubber instead of tea.


 Lack of interest in investment, weak management and adverse weather condition are leading the forex earning crop to ruination.


 There are 24 tea gardens under the management of the government, foreign companies and private ownership in the district.


 These gardens are at Rema, Nalua, Parkul, Lalchand, Chandpur, Laskarpur, Satchhari, Amu, Chandichhara, Chaklapunji, Deundi and Sribari in Chunarughat upazila, jagodishpur, Teliapara, Nayapara, Boikanthapur and Surma in Madhabpur upazila, Madhupur, Brindaban, Amtoli and Rashidpur in Bahubal upazila and Imam and Bawani in Nabiganj upazila.


 According to sources in the district administration, total land of these gardens is about 34,494 hectares.


 Of this, leased out land is about 34, 180 hectares.


 Of the leased land, tea is being cultivated on 18,402 hectares.


 According to the government rule and agreement, the leased land must be used only for tea cultivation.


 Tea cultivation is to be expanded every year by 2.5 per cent of the total cultivable land; but the rule is being ignored.


 On the contrary, rubber, paddy and other crops are being cultivated on the land meant for tea.


 In Surma Tea Garden, the leased land is 4454.39 acres but tea cultivation takes place on only 2,134 acres.


Contacted of the tea garden MA Kashem said, the garden has 2,200 workers instead of 1,200. Due to absence of investment and increased production cost, tea cultivation is not increasing.


At present, eight to nine lakh kilograms of tea is being produced which could easily be increased to more than 10 lakh kgs.


Deputy manager of Chandpur Tea Garden said they are cultivating rubber with approval of the government and rubber is being produced on its 47 hectares of land. On the other hand, many others are getting interested in rubber cultivation.


Sources said, rubber cultivation is going on in large scale in the district’s Chakla, Lalchan, Teliapara and Surma areas.



Source: thedailystar


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