Monday, 27 September, 2021

Insufficient rainfall affects Aman cultivation

PANCHAGARH: Farmers in the district have started cultivating Aman paddy using electric motorised irrigation and shallow machine due to insufficient rainfall in the district and its adjacent upazilas.

The drought situation has been prevailing in the district for 15 consecutive days. In this situation, motor owners are selling water at Taka 300 per bigha of land for the Aman cultivation.

Farmer Tejen of Subuspara village under Debiganj upazila said, “I was waiting for rainfall to cultivate Aman paddy on my four bighas of land after harvesting the jute plant. But I was disappointed and now I’m cultivating Aman paddy by purchasing water from the electric pump owner.”

Farmers are passing their busy time to prepare their land, transpiring Aman seedling from seedbed and planting the seedling on their respective lands.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said about 99,695 hectares of land have been brought under Aman cultivation this season in all five upazilas of the district with the production target of 3,26,644 tonnes food grains.

Deputy Director of the DAE, Panchagarh Md Mizanur Rahman told that this year the weather is not favorable for Aman cultivation as there was not enough rainfall in the region this year, So, farmers are trying to plant Aman seedling by irrigation, he added.

He also said that Aman production could be hampered if the drought weather remain continues.

The DAE has disbursed quality Aman seeds, fertilizers among the farmers at a free of cost in addition to imparting training to the farmers to make them acquainted with the modern methods of Aman cultivation.

Besides, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank and different NGOs have given short-term easy loans among the farmers for boosting their production.