Rangpur farmers are expecting a super bumper production of Boro rice as tender paddy plants are growing smoothly Dhaka Tribune
According to Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources, farmers completed transplantation of Boro rice seedlings on March 15 in all five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari, and Lalmonirhat in the region
Farmers in Rangpur division have exceeded the fixed farming target of Boro rice by 1.41% and engaged maximum efforts in taking care of growing tender paddy, official sources said.
According to Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources, farmers completed transplantation of Boro rice seedlings on March 15 in all five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari, and Lalmonirhat in the region.
“We are expecting a super bumper production of Boro rice as tender paddy plants are growing smoothly amid favourable climate conditions,” Additional Director of Rangpur DAE Agriculturist Khandker Abdul Wahed said.
The government has fixed a target of producing 2.154 million tonnes of clean Boro rice (3.231 million tonnes of paddy) from 496,000 hectares of land in all five districts under Rangpur agriculture region during the current Rabi season.
“Braving the Covid-19 pandemic, enthusiastic farmers, however, have finally cultivated Boro rice on 503,000 hectares of land, a sharp rise of 1.21% against the targeted 496,000 hectares of land, in the region this season,” Wahed said.
According to BSS reports, DAE and other agriculture-related organizations are working in a well- coordinated manner to ensure smooth irrigation, supply of fuels, fertilizers, electricity and facilities for farmers to make the intensive Boro rice farming program a success.
Getting necessary assistance from the government under the post-flood agriculture rehabilitation program, the flood-hit farmers have brought more lands under Boro rice cultivation to recoup the crop losses they incurred during the last year’s floods.
“There is excellent growth of tender rice plants, giving an eye-catching greenish look to crop fields all across the region,” he said, adding that a bumper Boro rice output is likely if the climate condition remains favourable during the next two months.
Meanwhile, farmers have put over 230,000 irrigation pumps; including electricity, diesel, and solar power run 2,823 deep tube wells, 227,000 shallow tube wells, 593 low lift pumps and 480 other pumps into operation to irrigate Boro rice fields in the region.
The DAE has fixed a target of bringing 100,000 hectares of land under Boro rice farming, adopting the Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) irrigation technology to enhance Boro rice yield at lower costs reducing lifting of underground water this season.
Besides, targets have been fixed to bring 47,432 hectares of land under use of compost fertilisers, 284,000 hectares under use of balanced fertilizers and 474,000 hectares under the perching method this season, Wahed added.
He also said a number of 284,000 hectares of land will come under logo methods, a system where a certain space is kept free after planting paddy in 8-10 rows for smooth farmers’ movement, during the period.