In Rangpur, officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers completed Aman rice harvest on 5.96 lakh hectares of land out of total 5.98 lakh hectares of cultivated land area till Monday in the region

Braving the coronavirus pandemic, the farmers of five districts in Rangpur agriculture zone and in Jessore of the southwestern region have already exceeded the fixed production target of Aman rice this year.  

In Rangpur, officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers completed Aman rice harvest on 5.96 lakh hectares of land out of total 5.98 lakh hectares of cultivated land area till Monday in the region.

The farmers have already produced 16.99 lakh tons of clean Aman rice exceeding the production target of 16.97 lakh tons of rice by 2,000 tons, said DAE regional office Agriculturist Md Moniruzzaman.

Earlier, the DAE had fixed a target of producing 16, 97,750 tons of clean Aman rice from 6,05,140 hectares of land for all five districts in the region for the current season.

The enthusiastic farmers, however, cultivated the crop on 6,12,435 hectares of land exceeding the fixed farming target by 7,295 hectares of land or 1.20 percent in all five districts of the agriculture region, reports our Rangpur correspondent Liakat Ali Badal. 

“However, recent floods totally damaged the Aman rice crop on 14,005 hectares of land and the remaining Aman rice crop 5,98,430 hectares of land grew excellent in the region,” Moniruzzaman said.

To recoup the crop losses, the government implemented massive agri-rehabilitation programs spending Tk 1.42 crore assisting 14,743 flood-affected farmers of the region to make Aman rice farming programs a success.

With massive assistance of the government through the DAE and other agriculture related organizations, many flood-affected farmers re-transplanted Aman rice seedlings on their crop lands after recession of flood water and got better production.

“Till Monday, farmers completed harvesting of Aman rice on 5, 96,672 hectares of land out of total 5, 98,430 hectares of cultivated land area. Harvest on the rest of 1,758 hectares of land is likely to complete soon,” Moniruzzaman said.

He said the total production of Aman rice might be around 17.05 lakh tons against the fixed production target of 16.97 lakh tons after completion of the harvesting process in the region.

Farmer Ariful Haque Batul of flood-prone village Najirdigar in Rangpur Sadar said he had cultivated flood-tolerant varieties of Aman rice on seven acres of land this season.

“Recent floods submerged my growing Aman rice plants twice this year,” he said, adding that he already completed harvest of the crop and got 22 mounds of paddy per acre of land this year against 45 mounds of the crop per acre last year.

In Jessore, Farmers have achieved 3.99 lakh tons of Aman rice from 1.38 lakh hectares of land in eight upazilas of the district exceeding the production target of 16.97 lakh tons  this season, confirmed DAE Assistant Director Dipankar Das.

Officials and farmers were expecting better Aman yield as the plants were growing excellent everywhere in the district due to suitable weather conditions. 

DAE sources said the upazila wise Aman production has broken-up stands at 25,830 hectares of land in sadar upazila, 22,530 in Monirampur, 21,470 in Sharsha, 18,100 in Jhikargacha, 17,140 in Bagherpara, 17,050 in Chaugacha, 9,275 in Keshabpur and 7,630 hectares of land in Abhaynagar upazila of the district.

Dipankar Das said they had directed field level agriculture officials to provide all necessary assistance and latest technologies to farmers to ensure successful cultivation of Aman rice in the district.



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