armers have started harvesting paddy and they will continue to do so till mid-April Dhaka Tribune

There was a potential risk of crop failure as farmers were solely dependent on irrigation on top of the existing issue of water salinity in the region

Despite the complete lack of rainfall across the country during this year’s Rabi season, farmers in Khulna are actually expecting a better Boro yield than previous years as they witness croplands filled with golden paddy during the current harvesting season.

According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Khulna, even though there was ample rainfall during the last few Rabi seasons, there were no rains since the preparation of the Boro seedbeds this year.

There was a potential risk of crop failure as farmers were solely dependent on irrigation on top of the existing issue of water salinity in the region. However, this season farmers are seeing a bumper yield of paddy as harvesting goes on in full swing.

Official data says, this time paddy was planted in 60,150 hectares of land in Khulna district and the production target for paddy was set at 274,821 tons.

Motiar Rahman Sheikh, a farmer from the Gutudia union in Dumuria upazila, said farmers had started harvesting paddy which will continue till mid-April.

“This time I planted a new variety of paddy called Survi-1. It cost Tk20,000-30,000 to plant the Survi paddy on 1.5 bighas. At present, the paddy is Tk1,000 per maund and I am hopeful that I will get 40 maunds of paddy.”

Dumuria Upazila Agriculture Officer Mosaddek Hossain said: “Farmers planted Boro paddy on 21,660 hectares in Dumuria upazila this year, which is 555 hectares more than the last year.

The production target was set at 134,292 tons of Boro paddy from the upazila, he added.

He further said quality seeds and fertilizers were distributed free of cost and farmers were given specialized training under various projects, besides the regular advice from field officers. 

Khulna DAE Deputy Director Hafizur Rahman said this year farmers had exceeded the Boro cultivation target by almost 3,000 hectares. “Farmers planted Boro on 60,150 hectares when the target was 57,520 hectares.

“The weather was good at the beginning of the season. But there hasn’t been any rain for about eight months. Farmers became dependent on irrigation while the groundwater level decreased due to the absence of rainfall. On top of that farmers here also suffered from water salinity.” 

Still, we are hopeful that farmers will exceed this season’s production target, he said, adding that this time the price of paddy was fixed at Tk1,040 per maund.



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