RANGPUR: With little improvement in the cold wave situation, farmers have begun transplantation of Boro rice seedlings to make the farming of the crop successful in Rangpur agriculture region this season.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers could not start transplantation of Boro rice seedlings from the first week of January following slower growth of seedlings due to the sweeping mild to moderate cold wave in the region, reports BSS.However, with the improvement of the weather conditions during the past couple of days, farmers have already started transplantation of Boro rice seedlings on their crop land and the process will get momentum onward in the region.
Talking to the agency, Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Agriculturist Md Moniruzzaman said farmers have prepared Boro rice seedbeds on 26,960 hectares of land exceeding the fixed target on 23,201 hectares of land by 16.20 percent in the region.
“The farmers have already transplanted Boro rice seedlings on 605 hectares of land as the process will get momentum by this month-end in all five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat in Rangpur agriculture region,’ he said.
The government has fixed a target of producing over 21.76-lakh tonnes of clean Boro rice (32.64-lakh tonnes of paddy) from 5.03-lakh hectares of land for all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region during this Rabi season.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said transplantation of Boro rice seedlings continues in full swing in the low-lying char lands, beels and riverine areas now in the region.
“Like in the previous seasons, farmers are targeting to complete harvesting of the Boro rice crop on low-lying char lands, beels and riverine areas before commencement of the next rainy season,” Rashid added.Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Muhammad Ali ample steps have been taken to ensure smooth supply of seeds, fertilisers, electricity and delivering technologies to farmers for making the Boro rice farming a success.
“As a result of conducting massive motivational works, farmers are largely adopting Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) irrigation technology while farming Boro rice to save irrigation water and increase output at reduced costs,” he said.
Ali firmly hoped that many farmers would adopt conservation agriculture technologies like AWD irrigation technology in farming Boro rice to increase its output reducing lifting of underground water, saving electricity and improving the environment.