Farmers are harvesting Boro paddy at a field in Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi Dhaka Tribune
According to Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources, 52 percent paddy has been already harvested in the region
Harvesting of Boro rice has started in full swing everywhere in Rajshahi region including its vast barind tract with a positive sign of bumper production.
According to Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources, 52 percent paddy has been already harvested in the region.
When this correspondent visited several areas of the district on Thursday, he saw farmers were reaping high yielding and short duration varieties like BR-28, Brridhan-81 and Brridhan-86.
The other varieties will be cut within the next couple of weeks as most of paddy in the fields is now at the ripening stage, said farmers.
Zakir Hossain, 55, a farmer of Hatibandha village under Godagari upazila, has cultivated paddy on 20 bighas of land this season whereas the previous season’s acreage was 15 bighas.
Good yield and enhanced selling prices of both paddy and straw have encouraged him to cultivate paddy on more lands.
“I have sold only straw worth around Tk 75,000 in addition to the paddy last season,” Hossain said, adding many of his co-villagers have attained success in paddy farming.
Currently, businessmen and wholesalers purchase paddy and straw from the farmers’ field directly as the grassroots growers are being benefited in many ways, said Hossain.
He added the price of both paddy and rice during the previous Boro, Aush and Aman seasons were seen increased as a result of government-level rice procurement drives inspiring the farmers to cultivate Boro paddy on more lands.
“I have got a better price of the latest Aman paddy. So, I have cultivated Boro paddy on 10 bighas of land,” said Abu Rahman, a farmer of Gubirpara village under Tanore upazila, adding the farmers are happy over paddy cultivation.
Abul Kashem, a farmer of Mayamari village under Niamatpur upazila, said he has cultivated paddy on 18-bigha of land this season.
Muhammad Moniruzzaman, a farmer of Bijoynagar village under Godagari upazila, is now happy with his satisfactory production of paddy. He has harvested 20 to 22 maunds of paddy from a bigha of land.
“I have completed harvesting and threshing of my paddy of two bigha of land three days ago,” said another farmer Ahammed Hossain of Krishnapur village in Tanore upazila.
He has got 21 maunds of paddy from each bigha of land even after paying the labourers 20-kilograms of paddy for each 100 kgs of paddy for harvesting and threshing purposes.
Hossain is very much hopeful about earning a good profit by selling paddy as its price in the market is also satisfactory.
He said the newly harvested paddy is being sold at Tk 1,030 to 1,055 per maund in the local markets.
Hossain said prolonged drought and absence of rainfall increased the cost of irrigation but the pest infestation in the paddy was less due to drought that is why the production of paddy was good this year.
Sub Assistant Agriculture Officer Atanu Sarker said the farmers are now delighted over their yield.
“Suitable climate conditions and government support to the farmers are being adjudged as the main reasons behind the good yield, “he added.
Meanwhile, the Boro farming has exceeded the target by 6,783 hectares of land in Rajshahi division this season as the farmers have cultivated paddy on more lands compared to the previous season because they are happy with the selling price of transplanted Aman paddy at present.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has set the target of producing 35.24 lakh tons of paddy from 8.10 lakh hectares of land in all eight districts of the Rajshahi division during the current season.
But the farmers have brought 8.17 lakh hectares of land generating scopes of additional rice production, officials said.
Sirajul Islam, Additional Director of DAE, said 24,600 small and marginal farmers were given support with seed and fertilizers in the division under the government’s agriculture incentive program to boost the Boro rice production.