RAJSHAHI: Ongoing farming of Aush paddy has exceeded target predicting a record production of the food crop in Rajshahi division during the current season despite the present novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic situation.
According to the farmers and DAE officials, the farmers have brought 1,639 hectares more lands under the paddy farming compared to the target set by the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) after the best uses of facilities provided by the government, reports BSS.The DAE has set a target of producing around 7.5 lakh tonnes of Aush rice from 2.52 lakh hectares of land in all eight districts in the division.
But, the farmers cultivated the paddy on around 2.54 lakh hectares of land generating hopes of additional rice production that will ultimately help coping with the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
Sources said government incentives, technological assistance, high yielding seeds, suitable climatic condition, frequent rainfall and satisfactory yield and market price of the newly harvested Boro paddy and rice are being adjudged as the major factors of exceeding the farming target.
Sudhendra Nath Roy, Additional Director of DAE, Rajshahi said the government has adopted diversified steps including incentives and technological support to promote the aush rice farming.
He said the government has provided incentives to 56,265 small and marginalized farming families to encourage them towards aush farming in the division. Each of them was given five kilograms of high yielding seeds, 20 kilograms of diamonium phosphate and ten kilograms of muriate of potash fertilizers.