FENI: Farmers and farm-labourers are now busy in transplanting Aman seedlings on their crop lands in all six upazilas in the district. Contrary to the target of planting 66,535 hectares in the district this season, Aman has already been planted in 16,255 hectares of land. Local farmers expect the Aman planting to be completed by the middle of next month if there is no heavy rain.
This time six new varieties of paddy have been planted in Feni. Earlier, two were selected in the district to motivate the farmers. Free fertilisers and seeds were distributed among 2,100 small and marginal farmers. In addition, five percent additional seedbeds have been prepared in the district to deal with hostile weather.
Mithun Bhowmik, Deputy Director of the DAE, said paddy seedlings have been planted in 3,500 hectares of land in Feni Sadar Upazila against the target of 15,940. Similarly, Daganbhuiyan Upazila has 1,000 hectares instead of 9,250 targets, Fulgazi has 1,005 hectares instead of 6,205 targets, Parshuram has 2,005 hectares instead of 5,651 targets, Chagalnaiya has 8,317 targets at 650 hectares and Sonagazi has 12,000 hectares. Aman seedling has been completed in 8,005 hectares of land.
Feni Sadar Upazila Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer Pranab Chandra Majumder said farmers were worried when heavy rains started last week. At this time water accumulates in the land and seedbed prepared for Aman. But after 2-4 days the water receded and some relief came back among the farmers. If the environment is favorable, planting of Aman seedlings will be completed by the beginning of next month.
Feni Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Sharmin Akhter Bithi said farmers are planting new varieties of Bri-71, 87, 79, 80, 90 and 95 varieties of paddy in Feni this time. This is the first time this variety of paddy is being planted in Feni. Besides, farmers are also planting Bri-49, 51, 52 and BR 22, 23 varieties of paddy. This time Ropa Aman season is for workers and water, there is no such crisis. An additional 5 percent seedbed is ready in the district to cope with hostile weather.
Deputy Director of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of Feni Md Safi Uddin said 2,100 small and marginal farmers have been encouraged to cultivate Aman. Farmers selected for incentives have received free 10kg DAP fertilisers, 5kg MPO fertilisers and 5kg Aman seeds. If the weather is favorable, the target for Aman cultivation in the district this season is 100 percent is likely to be acquired.
The government has taken adequate measures to ensure supply of quality seeds, prepare model seedbeds and ensure balanced fertilisation and adoption of advanced technologies to enhance rice production despite shrinking of cultivable land area.
Farmers have kept shallow tube wells, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation authorities deep tube wells ready to operate for Aman seedling transplantation timely in case of less rainfall or drought-like situation. Field level agriculture officials are providing necessary assistance and latest technologies to farmers to ensure successful cultivation of Aman braving the Covid-19 pandemic in the region.
Besides, steps have been taken to prepare late varieties of Aman seedbeds on highlands and community and floating seedbeds in low-lying areas so that there was no crisis of seedlings for floods, if any, this season in the region.
“Farmers are now transplanting Amn seedlings in full swing alongside preparing their croplands for the process in all six districts of the region where almost favourable weather conditions are prevailing so far for the purpose,” Safi said.
Farmers Kabir Mia, Fazlul Haque, Mazibur Rahman, Kamal Hossain and Jashim Patwary of Sadar upazila said they are continuing transplantation of Aman seedling on their crop lands in full swing amid a favourable climatic condition.