NETRAKONA: After huge losses in the last season due to sharp fall in rice price and damage by recent floods, farmers here have started dreaming of having bumper T-Aman production this year, thanks to the favourable weather.
The farmers are expecting a very good yield as they have already exceeded the cultivation target, reports UNB.Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) targeted T-Aman cultivation on 1.24 lakh hectares of land this year in 10 upazilas of the district but it was cultivated on 1.30 lakh hectares, which means an additional 6,000 hectares of land were brought under cultivation.
Md Habinur Rahman, deputy director of Netrakona DAE, said the cultivation target has already exceeded in Sadar, Barhatta, Atpata, Kendua, Purbadhala, Khaliazuri, Mohangonj, Madan, Kalmakanda, and Durgapur upazilas.
Rahman said commercial banks, especially the Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB), has provided soft loan to the farmers.
Golam Mustafa, a model farmer of Mongalshidhya village in Atpara upazila, said the famers are now delighted with the hope of bumper T-Aman production.
DAE officials said despite the damages by floods this year, the farmers have successfully overcome the situation and now waiting for the outputs.
Some farmers of Durgapur and Kalmakanda bordering and hilly areas said T-Aman plants grew well following the recent rainfall after a temporary draught-like situation here.Motior Rahman, 35, a farmer of Bausam village in Kalmakanda upazila, said he did not face any trouble when he was planting T-Aman seedlings this year.
The BKB and other commercial banks, including NGOs, provided short-term loans to the farmers to cultivate paddy, he said.