RANGPUR: Bumper Aman production is expected here despite the monsoon–triggered flood tore through the region recently, causing crop lands to damage this season.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources said farmers exceeded the cultivation target by 1844 hectares of land as 6,12,451 hectares were fixed previously to bring under farming to produce over 17.19 lakh tonnes of clean rice (25.79 lakh tonnes of paddy) this season.
“Farmers had transplanted Aman rice seedlings on 6,14,295 hectares of land exceeding the fixed farming target by 1,844 hectares,” said Agriculturist Bidhu Bhusan Ray, Additional Director of the Rangpur DAE.
Earlier, farmers had also prepared Aman rice seedbeds on 34,066 hectares of land exceeding the fixed target which was 30,455 hectares.
The flood has damaged Aman rice seedbeds on 67 hectares of land affecting 28,694 farmers in three districts out of five in the region a few days back. But additional seedbeds prepared by farmers caused no seedling crisis for Aman rice cultivation.
“After the recent flood, Aman rice plants are growing superbly now on the rest of 6,12,330 hectares of land amid excellent climate conditions predicting its bumper production,” Ray said.
Currently, tender plants of high yielding varieties of Aman rice are growing on 5,31,427 hectares of land, hybrid on 61,351 hectares and local varieties on 19,552 hectares of land after damages caused by the flood.
Most of the flood-affected farmers have already transplanted late varieties of Aman rice seedlings anew at fewer places and are taking preparation for cultivation of substitute crops on the flood-affected croplands.
“We have already sent the statistics of flood-hit farmers to the government and are expecting to get allocations to assist them in recouping crop losses they incurred during the recent flood,” Ray added.