RANGPUR: The government through the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has taken massive steps to make the Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice cultivation programme a success in the flood-hit Rangpur agriculture region, reports BSS.
Meanwhile, farmers have become more enthusiastic following frantic efforts engaged by the government to assist them in recouping crop losses caused by floods in the two phases in all five districts of the region this season.Talking to the agency on Friday, Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Muhammad Ali said farmers have already transplanted Aman rice seedlings on 3,51,470 hectares of land which is 58.08 percent against the fixed farming target for the region.
The DAE has fixed a target of producing 16,97,795 tonnes of clean T-Aman rice (25,46,693 tonnes of paddy) from 6,05,140 hectares of land for Rangpur agriculture region this season.
“Against a requirement of preparing seedbeds on 30,391 hectares of land to produce seedlings for transplantation on 6,05,140 hectares, farmers have prepared the same on 34,176 hectares, higher by 3,785 hectares or 12.45 percent than required,” Ali said.
However, the floods have damaged Aman rice seedbeds on 1,196 hectares of land causing losses to seedlings worth Taka 15.95 crore affecting 38,705 farmers in the region. Besides, the floods have damaged transplanted T-Aman rice on 111 hectares of land causing production losses of 320 tonnes of rice worth Taka 1.16 crore and affecting 1,222 farmers.