35 lakh tonnes of paddy produced in Rajshahi division

19 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Farmers have produced around 35 lakh tonnes of Irri-boro paddy during the current season in Rajshahi division, reports BSS.

They got the paddy yield after completing the harvesting activities in the recent past time everywhere in all eight districts under the division including its vast Barind tract.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), officials said farmers cultivated boro paddy on around 8.30 lakh hectares of land, exceeding the target set by the DAE in this season.

“We had fixed the target of bringing around 8.11 lakh hectares of land under boro farming with production target of 33.17 lakh tones of rice but the growers cultivated it on 8.30 lakh hectares of land, creating scopes of additional production of rice in the division,” said Additional Director of DAE, Dev Dulal Dhali.

He says the farmers achieved the good paddy yield following various effective steps by the government including distribution of special government incentives among small and marginal farmers of the region.

The other steps included inspiring farmers in enhancing cultivation of hybrid varieties of Boro rice, use of latest technologies, proper fertilisation, agronomical managements, smooth supply of fertilisers and electricity for irrigation.

Suitable weather also made the paddy farmers capable of getting good yield of boro paddy as steps had been taken to ensure smooth Boro rice cultivation in this season.

Nurul Amin Siddiqui, 48, a farmer of Karnahar village under Paba upazila, said he had cultivated the paddy on three bighas of land.

Dr Aminul Islam, Chief Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), said modern farming technologies and knowledge were disseminated to the farmers through various programmes including 32 field demonstrations with bringing 360 farmers under need-based training to enhance rice production.

He said timely transplantation of seedling on major land area within the prescribed time mainly contributed to bumper Boro rice yield this season.  “Expanded adoption of latest agriculture technologies and favourable climatic conditions amid frequent rainfalls also contributed to the good rice yield,” Dr Islam added.

Regional Agriculture Information Officer, Abdullah Heel Kafi said the DAE and other agriculture-related organisations, Power Development Board and Rural Electrification Board ensured smooth supply of seed, fertilizers and electricity to the farmers.

He said the farmers were also imparted training on how to adopt conservation agriculture technologies like Alternate Drying and Wetting irrigation method at large scale.

Meanwhile, procurement of Boro rice and paddy is going on in full swing in all eight districts under the division with the main thrust of facilitating the farmers towards getting fair price of the newly harvested food grain.

According to the official sources, the government has taken decision of procuring 2,69,550 tonnes of boiled rice, 22,476 tonnes of non-boiled rice and 26,614 tonnes of paddy in the division.

The department of food has signed contract with 5,994 millers having valid license to make the procurement drive a total success.

Regional Controller of Food Md Muniruzzaman said the main targets of the procurement to ensure value support to the farmers, keeping the market price of food grain to a reasonable rate, building food security stock and continuing the supply system of official food distribution.

“We have procured 1,25,276 tonnes of boiled rice, 3,096 tonnes of non-boiled rice, 12,381 tonnes of paddy and 10,387 tonnes of wheat till June 17 last,” he said adding that all the paddy and wheat were procured from the farmers directly.

Talking to the agency on Tuesday he also says the procurement drive will continue till August 31 next.