RAJSHAHI: Farmers have produced around 32.50 lakh tonnes of Boro rice from 8.18 lakh hectares of land in all eight districts under Rajshahi division during the recent past harvesting season.
Currently, the grassroots farmers are happy after getting better yield and market price of their newly harvested rice contributing a lot towards ensuring food security in the region.
The DAE had fixed the target of producing 35.51 lakh tonnes of rice from 8.12 lakh hectares of land but, amazingly, the farmers brought around 8.19 lakh hectares of land under paddy farming, reports BSS.
Shamsul Wadud, additional director of the DAE, Rajshahi, said the farmers attained the yield following various effective steps including inspiring to enhancing cultivation of high yielding varieties of Boro rice, price reduction of DAP fertilizer, smooth supply of fertilisers and power for irrigation by the government.
Use of latest technologies, proper fertilisation, agronomical managements and suitable weather also made the paddy farmers capable of getting good yield as steps had been taken to ensure smooth Boro rice cultivation this season with close monitoring and supervision by the DAE officials.
Nobab Ali, a farmer of Harinbiska village under Godagari upazila, is now happy with his satisfactory production of paddy. He has harvested 20 to 22 maunds of paddy from per bigha of land.
Like him, many other farmers of the upazila were highly hopeful of a bumper paddy production this season. Hossain expects a good profit by selling paddy if the market price is satisfactory.
Meanwhile, procurement drives of the newly harvested Boro rice is going on in full swing everywhere in the division creating a high hope of ensuring food security.
The government has, so far, procured around 96,414.47 tonnes of Boro rice at Taka 40 per kilogram during the current season contributing a lot towards food security.
As part of its ongoing rice procurement drive commenced since May 7 last, the government has bought the food grain from all eight districts in Rajshahi division.
In addition to the rice procurement, the government has also purchased 6,855.80 tonnes of Boro paddy at Taka 27 per kilogram during the same period till Monday.
Faruque Hossain Patwary, regional controller of Food, said the procurement drive is going on in full swing everywhere in the division currently, detailing aspects of the procurement drive.
He said the government has set a target of procuring 2,41,070 tonnes of boiled rice and 1,09,329 tonnes of paddy in the division during the current season until August 31.
Contracts have been signed with 3,565 millers for collecting 2,35,567.36 tonnes of boiled rice.
The enlisted millers have been supplying rice as per terms and conditions of the contract.