RANGPUR: Farmers of the region have begun transplantation of Boro rice seedlings in all five districts to make the farming of crops successful during the current Rabi season.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said the government is assisting farmers to make the intensive Boro rice farming programme successful and recoup the huge crop losses incurred during the recent floods, reports BSS.Meanwhile, farmers have already transplanted Boro rice seedlings on 600 hectares of land as the process will get full momentum by the end of January in the region. The farmers have already prepared Boro rice seedbeds on 21,890 hectares of land against the fixed target of crops on 22,895 hectares of land across the region.
“A target of producing over 21.54 lakh tonnes of clean Boro rice (32.31 lakh tonnes of paddy) has been fixed from 4.95 lakh hectares of land for the region this season,” Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md Moniruzzaman told BSS today.
Farmers will produce 9.20 lakh tonnes of hybrid variety Boro rice from 1.90 lakh hectares of land, 12.31 lakh tonnes of high yielding variety rice from 3.03 lakh hectares and 3,045 tonnes of local variety Boro rice from 1,500 hectares of land.
The district-wise breakup of the fixed Boro rice production target stands at 5.57 lakh tonnes of clean rice from 1.30 lakh hectares of land for Rangpur and 5.46 lakh tonnes of rice from 1.93 lakh hectares of land for Gaibandha districts.