RANGPUR: Farmers have already begun transplantation of seedlings of Transplanted Aman rice in Rangpur agriculture region where the process will get full momentum by this month-end.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said the government has fixed a target of producing over 17.19 lakh tonnes of clean Aman rice (25.79 lakh tonnes of paddy) from 6.12 lakh hectares of land for the region, reports BSS.The target includes production of 14,85,994 tonnes of high yielding varieties of Aman rice from 5,32,450 hectares of land, 1,93,612 tonnes of hybrid varieties of Aman rice from 56,296 hectares and 39,625 tonnes of local varieties of Aman rice from 23,705 hectares of land.
Meanwhile, farmers have so far prepared Aman rice seedbeds on 24,400 hectares of land against the requirement of preparing the same on 30,455 hectares of land for cultivation of Aman rice on 6.12 lakh hectares of land in the region this year.
Farmers have transplanted Aman rice seedlings on around 4,500 hectares of land as the process is gaining momentum amid frequent seasonal monsoon rains in all five districts of the region.
The government has taken special steps to ensure use of quality seeds, prepare model seedbeds and ensure balanced fertilisation and adoption of improved technologies to enhance rice production despite lessening of cultivable land area.
“Considering the possibility of seasonal floods, we have taken special measures to prepare seedbeds, if required, in the region, so that the farming process of Aman rice was not affected,” said Bidhu Bhusan Ray, additional director of the DAE, Rangpur region.
Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), Barind Multipurpose Development Authorities (BMDA) and farmers will keep irrigation pumps ready to operate for Aman rice seedling transplantation in case of less rainfall or droughts.“We’ve directed field level agriculture officials to provide all necessary assistance and latest technologies to the farmers to ensure successful cultivation of Aman rice braving the Covid-19 pandemic in the region this season,” Ray said.
In addition to this, steps have been taken to prepare late varieties of Aman rice seedbeds on highlands and floating seedbeds in low-lying areas so that there was no crisis of seedlings for floods, if any during July and August months this season in the region.
“Farmers are now transplanting Amn rice seedlings alongside preparing their seedbeds and croplands for transplantation of seedlings in all five districts of the region where a favourable weather condition is prevailing for the purpose,” Ray added.
Farmers Manik Mian, Aiyub Ali, Mohsin Ali and Ariful Haque Batul of Rangpur Sadar upazila said they already prepared seedbeds and will begin transplantation of Aman rice seedling soon on their crop lands.
Farmers Moksedur Rahman, Lokman Hossain, Farman Ali and Mofizar Rahman of Taraganj upazila in Rangpur said they are transplanting Aman rice seedlings on their croplands amid a favourable climatic condition.