RANGPUR: The farmers have finally brought over 6.06-lakh hectares of land under cultivation of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice in all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region this season.
The cultivated land area is less by 28,552 hectares of land or 5.49 percent than the fixed target of bringing 6.35-lakh hectares of land under T-Aman rice cultivation to produce 18.08-lakh tonnes of clean rice (27.13-lakh tonnes of paddy) in the region.Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), however, said farmers have cultivated T-Aman rice on 6.06-lakh hectares of land this year against 6.03-lakh hectares of land or higher by 2,902 hectares land than last year.
Earlier, recent flood damaged T-Aman rice crop on 43.75 hectares of land in July last causing production loss of 126.53 tonnes of clean rice worth Taka 37-lakh and standing seedling on 5,216 hectares of land causing loss of Taka 59.06 crore.
“The government took agri-rehabilitation programs spending Taka 1.42 crore to assist flood-affected farmers for making T-Aman rice farming programme successful,” Additional Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Agriculturist Md. Moniruzzaman said.
Under the programs, the DAE distributed T-Aman rice seedling specially prepared on community seedbeds among 12,241 flood-affected farmers of Kurigram, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat free of costs for re-transplantation on their one bigha of land each in the region.
“We had prepared the seedling on 202 community seedbeds in these three districts with one acre of land each spending Taka 80.90-lakh under the government’s post-flood agri-rehabilitation programs,” Moniruzzaman said.
Of them, 100 community seedbeds were prepared on 100 acres of land each in Kurigram and Gaibandha and two community seedbeds on two acres of land in Lalmonirhat districts.Talking to the agency, Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Mohammad Ali said 12,241 flood-affected farmers of local communities got the specially prepared T-Aman rice seedling on community seedbeds.
Under the programme, 6,060 flood-affected farmers of Kurigram and Gaibandha each and 121 flood-affected farmers of Lalmonirhat received the specially prepared T-Aman rice seedling on community seedbeds.
Some 1,251 more flood-affected farmers of these three districts got T-Aman rice seedling prepared by other agriculture-related government organisations on their own installations.
Besides, the DAE, BADC and Bangladesh Rice Research Institute prepared seedbeds of late variety T-Aman rice on about 20 hectares of land spending Taka 13.35 lakh in the region.