RANGPUR: Cultivation of Boro paddy going on in full swing now as farmers are continuing transplantation of its seedlings braving cold weather and the coronavirus pandemic in Rangpur agriculture region.
“Farmers have already transplanted Boro seedlings on 1,80,502 hectares of land, 36.51 percent against the fixed farming target,” Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md Moniruzzaman told.Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said the government is assisting farmers to make the intensive Boro paddy farming programme successful and help them in recouping the huge crop losses they incurred during recent floods.
The DAE has fixed a target of producing 32.31 lakh tonnes of paddy from 4.96 lakh hectares of land for all five districts under Rangpur agriculture region this season.
Meanwhile, farmers have already prepared Boro paddy seedbeds on 27,379 hectares of land exceeding the fixed target of preparing the same on 22,953 hectares of land by 19.30 percent across the region.
With little improvement of the cold wave situation during the past couple of days, farmers have accelerated the transplantation process of Boro seedlings on their crop lands to complete the process timely in the region.
“The DAE with other related organisations, Power Development Board and Rural Electrification Board are ensuring smooth supply of seeds, fertilisers and electricity to farmers to ensure smooth Boro paddy cultivation this season,” Moniruzzaman said.
Getting necessary assistance from the government, farmers are expected to exceed the fixed Boro farming target in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts of the region to recoup the crop losses during last year’s floods.“As a result of conducting huge motivational activities, farmers are adopting conservation agriculture (CA) based technologies while farming Boro rice to save irrigation water for increasing rice output at reduced costs in the region,” Moniruzzaman added.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said transplantation of Boro paddy seedlings is nearing completion in the low-lying char lands, beels and riverine areas in the region.
“Farmers are targeting to bring more low-lying char lands, beels and riverine areas under Boro paddy farming to complete its harvest before commencement of the next rainy season and recoup the huge crop losses they incurred during recent floods,” Rashid added.
Agriculturist Dr Md Abdul Mazid, who got the Independent Medal 2018 (food security), expressed satisfaction over the ample steps taken by the government to assist farmers in all possible ways for making the Boro paddy farming a success in the region.
He suggested farmers for large-scale adoption of CA-based technologies like Alternate Wetting and Drying irrigation method to get maximum Boro paddy yield at reduced costs saving huge underground water.
Like many other farmers, Haque Faruque of village Najirdigar here told that he has begun transplantation of seedlings on his 6.60 acres of land to complete the process by February 15 next.