Aman cultivation exceeds target in Rangpur region

11th December, 2018 11:34:56 printer

RANGPUR: The fixed production target of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice already exceeded by 3.72 percent after completing its harvest on 93.83 percent of total cultivated land area in Rangpur agriculture region, reports BSS.

Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials said the farmers have already harvested T-Aman rice on 5.66 lakh hectares of land of total cultivated land area of 6.03-lakh hectares by Monday in the region.

“The farmers have so far produced over 17 lakh tonnes of T-Aman crop in terms of clean rice (25.50 lakh tonnes paddy) against the fixed target of producing 16.39 lakh tonnes of clean rice in all five districts of the region this season.

“Currently, the achieved average yield rate of T-Aman rice stands at three tonnes of clean rice per hectare as the farmers are yet to harvest the crop on 37,207 hectares of land,” said Horticulture Specialist of DAE at its regional office Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam.

The farmers have cultivated T-Aman rice on over 6.03 lakh hectares of land exceeding the fixed farming target on 5.94-lakh hectares by 9,292 hectares of land or 1.64 percent in the region this season.

“The achieved T-Aman crop yield rates in terms of clean rice now stand at 3.52 tonnes per hectare of land for hybrid variety, 2.96 tonnes for high yielding variety and 1.74 tonnes per hectare for local variety this season,” Islam added.

Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md Moniruzzaman said the T-Aman rice output would further exceed the fixed production target as the farmers are getting excellent yield rate when harvesting of the crop is yet to complete.

The farmers are expecting to complete harvesting the T-Aman rice in all five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari in the region by this month-end.

“If the present yield rate continues till end of harvesting season, production of clean T-Aman rice may be over 18-lakh tonnes to exceed the fixed production target by around 1.71-lakh tonnes this season in the region,” Moniruzzaman added.

Farmers Golam Mostafa and Manik Mian of Najirdigar village under Sadar upazila here said they had already completed harvesting of their cultivated T-Aman rice and got excellent yield rate of the crop this season.