Farmers are busy in harvesting of Boro paddy from the field in Rajshahi Dhaka Tribune

Rajshahi DAE has set the target of producing 3,524,000  tonnes of paddy from all eight districts of the division during the current season

Farmers in Rajshahi and Rangpur agricultural zones have started harvesting Boro paddy with festivity by dint of satisfactory yield. 

Most of the farming fields have taken an eye-catching look as early varieties of paddy are now in the ripening stages in the divisions.

In Rajshahi, after exceeding the fixed farming target, farmers have started harvesting the paddy with a hope to achieve its bumper production this season in the region.

The mind-blowing yield has created a high hope of supplementing the government efforts of ensuring food security amid the adverse impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

The farmers are seen harvesting some high yielding and short duration varieties like BR-28 and local jira variety. The other varieties will be harvested within the next two to three weeks, reports our correspondent Dulal Abdullah. 

Rajshahii Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set the target of producing 3,524,000  tonnes of paddy from 810,000 hectares of land in all eight districts of the division during the current season.

However, the farmers have brought 817,000 lakh hectares of land generating scopes of additional rice production, officials said.

Sirajul Islam, additional director of the DAE, said 24,600 small and marginal farmers were given support with seeds and fertilizers in the division under the government’s agriculture incentive program to boost the Boro rice production.

Sub Assistant Agriculture Officer Atanu Sarker said the farmers are now delighted over their achieved yield.

 “Suitable climatic conditions and government support to the farmers are being adjudged as the main reasons behind the good yield,” he added.

Farmer Abdul Kuddus of Mohonpur upazila of Rajshahi district said good yield and enhanced selling prices of both paddy and straw have encouraged him to cultivate the paddy on more land this year.

Meanwhile, the Boro farming has exceeded the target by 6,783 hectares of land in the division this season as the farmers have cultivated paddy on more land compared to the previous season because they are happy with the selling price of transplanted Aman paddy at present.

In Rangpur, officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers are getting an excellent yield rate of Boro rice at this initial stage of harvesting as the process will get full momentum from mid-May next in all five districts of the region, reports BSS.

Earlier, the DAE had fixed a target of producing 2,154,000 tonnes of clean Boro rice  from 496,000 hectares of land for the region this season.

“Braving the coronavirus pandemic, farmers have cultivated Boro rice on 503,000 hectares of land, 1.41%  higher than the fixed farming target,” Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Khandker Abdul Wahed said.

Getting necessary assistance from the government under the post-flood agriculture rehabilitation program, farmers have brought more land under Boro rice cultivation also to recoup the crop losses they incurred during last year’s floods.

“Till Friday, farmers have harvested Boro rice on 10,120 hectares of land in the region producing 35,367 tonnes of clean rice at the excellent average yield rate of 3.49 tonnes of clean rice per hectare,” Wahed said.

“We are expecting a bumper production of Boro rice if the climatic conditions remained favourable during the next couple of months in the region where around 180,000 farm-labourers would be engaged in harvesting the crop from late-May next.

Many farmers are utilising combined harvester machines for harvesting Boro paddy on one acre of land using one machine in an hour spending only Tk3,000 against Tk6,000 for the same purpose on one acre of land by engaging labourers.

“The government through the DAE has distributed combined harvester machines among farmers and groups of farmers at Tk14 lakh per unit against the real price of Tk28 lakh at 50% subsidised rates,” he said.

Besides, farmers are easily harvesting their cultivated Boro rice on crop lands using reaper machines in all five districts of the region this season.

“The field-level DAE officials and experts extended assistance to farmers and provided latest technologies to make the Boro rice cultivation program a success,” Wahed added.

Deputy Director of the DAE for Rangpur Dr Md Sarwarul Haque said the government had ensured smooth irrigation, supply of fuel, fertilisers and electricity to achieve the fixed Boro rice production target.

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