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Transplantation of Boro seedlings begin in Rangpur

  • Our Correspondent
  • 23 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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RANGPUR: Farmers have begun transplantation of early varieties Boro seedlings alongside taking extensive care of their growing seedbeds in Rangpur agriculture region during the current Rabi season.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers have so far prepared Boro seedbeds on 22,005 hectares of land against the fixed target of preparing the same on 23,093 hectares of land in the region.

Transplantation of Boro seedlings continues in low-lying and riverine char areas. However, the process will go in full swing from the end of January next, said Additional Director of the DAE’s Rangpur region Agriculturist Md Tauhidul Ikbal.

The DAE has fixed a target of producing 22,07,132 tonnes of clean Boro (33,10,698 tonnes of paddy) from 5,03,550 hectares of land for all five districts—Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat—in the region.

Farmers will produce 10,36,252 tonnes of hybrid variety Boro from 2,11,700 hectares of land, 11,67,680 tonnes of high yielding variety rice from 2,90,090 hectares and 3,200 tonnes of local variety Boro from 1,760 hectares of land.

“Farmers have so far transplanted Boro seedlings on 682 hectares of land in the region till Tuesday,” he said.

The DAE and other agriculture-related departments and different organisations have taken all necessary preparations to ensure smooth delivery of seed, fertilizer, electricity and technologies to the farmers to make the intensive Boro farming programme a success.

“Steps have also been taken to popularize large-scale adoption of conservation agriculture technologies like Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) irrigation method in farming Boro to save water and increase rice output at reduced costs,” Ikbal said.

He suggested farmers to irrigate Boro seedbeds at nights and discharge the water in the mornings and keep their seedbeds under cover of polythene sheets to save the tender seedlings from damage if the sweeping cold wave situation deteriorates.

“As the process of preparing seedbeds is nearing completion, most farmers are preparing their crop lands to transplant Boro seedlings soon” Ikbal added.

Farmer Ariful Haque of Najirdigar village in Rangpur said he has completed preparing Boro seedbeds to begin transplantation of the seedlings on his five acres of land after two weeks which will complete by February 15 next.

“As per suggestion of field level agriculture officers, I am currently taking special care of growing tender plants of Boro seedlings so that those were not affected by the mild cold wave currently sweeping over the region,” he added.

Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid suggested farmers to complete transplantation of Boro seedling on their croplands within February 15 to get maximum yield rate.