RANGPUR: Farmers are expecting a bumper Boro paddy production in the current season exceeding the fixed farming target in Rangpur agriculture region.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said harvesting of Boro paddy continues in full swing with excellent yield rate in the region. As the government gave necessary support to make the intensive Boro paddy farming programme a success, farmers have brought more land under its farming exceeding the fixed farming target despite crop diversification in the region.
“Farmers have finally brought 5,05,235 hectares of land under Boro rice cultivation exceeding the fixed farming target by 1,685 hectares of land or 0.33 percent,” Additional Director of the DAE’s Rangpur region Agriculturist Md Tauhidul Ikbal told on Tuesday.
Farmers have cultivated Boro paddy on more land area after getting special assistance from the government aiming at further enhancing paddy production in the region this season.
“Till Monday, farmers have harvested Boro paddy on 61,851 hectares of land in the region producing over 2,28,291 tonnes of clean rice at the average yield rate of 3.69 tonnes of clean rice per hectare,” Ikbal said.
Many farmers are utilising combined harvester machines for harvesting Boro paddy on one acre of land using one machine in an hour spending Taka 3,000 only against Taka 6,000 to 8,000 for the same purpose on one acre of land by engaging labourers.
The government through the DAE has distributed combined harvester machines to farmers and groups of farmers at Taka 14 lakh per unit against the real price of Taka 28 lakh at 50 percent subsidised rates.
“The field level DAE officials extended necessary assistance to farmers and provided latest technologies to them to make the Boro paddy cultivation programme a success this season,” Ikbal said.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said the government ensured smooth supply of fertilisers, pesticides, diesel and electricity to farmers to make the Boro paddy farming program a success.
“Following various pragmatic steps of the government and cultivation of high yielding and hybrid varieties of Boro paddy on more land area, a bumper production of Boro paddy is expected this season,” Rashid said.
Farmer Ariful Haque of village Najirdigar in Rangpur Sadar said sharecroppers are continuing harvest of Boro paddy on his six acres of land and getting excellent yield this season.
“I am harvesting my cultivated Boro on four acres of land and getting excellent yield this season,” said farmer Manik Mian of village Darshona in Rangpur Sadar upazila.
Similarly, farmers Mosarraf Hossain, Solaiman Ali, Abdul Hye and Anwar Hossain of different villages in Rangpur said they are harvesting Boro paddy after successfully cultivating the crop on their crop lands this season.