The country is expecting a bumper production of Aman paddy as farmers have cultivated the staple on 1.38 lakh more hectares of land this year.
Lucrative paddy price attracts farmers to Aman cultivation on more land this year that increased the acreage of the paddy compared to the previous year.
Around 3.56 lakh tonnes of more staple may be added to the country’s food basket from Aman while the total production of the paddy may hit 148.75 lakh tonnes if production witnesses 2.58087 tonnes per hectare, said the projection of DAE.
Aman season fulfils 35 percent of the country's total rice demand that is the second highest after Boro. For this reason, the government has taken different initiatives to bring higher production in this season.
Increased rice price in the country forced government to import higher amount of rice to stable the local rice market.
The government wants to produce additional rice by increasing the acreage under cultivation and increasing the cultivation of high yielding paddy to decrease the import dependency, said officials of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
Field Service Wing Director of DAE AKM Monirul Alam told the Daily Sun that they provide incentives, give inputs service and assist farmers in cultivating Aman in more of their land that will give more rice in this season.
The government has provided hybrid seed to farmers to produce more rice, he said, adding that total hybrid acreage has increased to 2.974 lakh hectares in current season while it was 2.427 lakh hectares in the previous year.
Farmers across the country are passing busy time taking care of their Aman paddy. Local farmers said plantation of Aman saplings is being completed without any trouble this year. Flood occurred in around 13 districts of the country but it cannot affect the crops as water recedes with a short duration.
Farmers would begin harvesting Aman paddy after the middle of November and continue it till December while transplanted Aman will continue till January.
Rashidul Islam, a farmer from Indurkani upazila in Pirojpur, said they did not witness any natural calamity like flood this year and for this no crops were damaged.
“Last year he cultivated Aman on 4 bighas of land but this year he planted Aman paddy on 3 more bighas of land,” he said, adding that prices of paddy are unlikely to fall below Tk 1,000 each maund.
Amirul Islam, another farmer from Kushtia, said, “We have cultivated Aman on 5 more bighas of land in the current season compared to the last year with the hope of higher price.”