Blast may affect Boro production

Staff Correspondent

6 April, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Blast may affect Boro production

The government is expecting higher Boro production this seasons. Farmers are, however, worried over the recent blast attack on their crop.

After facing huge crop looses by flash flood, blast and excessive rain in the last Boro season the government hopes for a higher boro production this season.

This year the production target of Boro was set at 190.41 lakh metric tonne from 47.25 lakh hectors of land but farmer cultivate Boro on 49.47 lakh hectors of land, according to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).

Total Boro paddy production was 189.37 lakh metric tonnes in fiscal year 2015-16, which came down to 180.13 lakh metric tonnes in last fiscal year (2016-17) because of floods last season.

Boro is the main crop that comprises 55 per cent to the overall rice supply of the country, according to the MoA.

Due to favourable weather condition and input supports from the government huge number of farmers are cultivating Boro this seasons, said Md. Abdul Hannan director (field services wing) of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).

He said that they are getting huge response from farmers about Boro cultivation and expecting the production will exceed the target. The rising trend of rice prices has inspired farmers towards Boro farming as the market trend is indicating a positive sign for the peasantry. 

However, most of the farmers are still concerned as many of their paddy fields have been attacked by the blast disease during the flowering time.

Like previous year, a fungal disease ‘leaf blast, neck blast’ has broken out in Boro paddy fields in many parts of the country, raising serious concern among farmers.

Experts said extreme temperature, prolonged dew, adverse weather, use of low quality seeds and delay in plantation are the main reasons behind the outbreak of the disease.

The blast attack on the croplands has also made scientists worried. They have sought immediate steps from the government for combating the decease.

In FY 16-17, crops around 11,000 metric tonnes was affected by a fungi (neck blast)  attack on a limited area of 2500 to 3000 hector of Boro rice crop at several northern and southern districts of the country, according to GAIN Report of USDA.