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Target set to produce 11-lakh tonnes Boro paddy in Khulna

Target set to produce 11-lakh tonnes Boro paddy in Khulna

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KHULNA: Over 10.88-lakh tonnes of Boro paddy has been fixed from 2,49,700 hectares of land in four districts under Khulna Agri region during this Rabi season.

The districts are Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Narail.  Khulna has set a target of over 2.80-lakh Boro paddy from 62,800 hectares of land, in Bagerhat over 27.44-lakh tones of paddy from 59.65 hectares of land, in Satkhira over 31.28-lakh tones of paddy from 77.25 hectares of land and in Narail over 22.07-lakh tones of paddy from 50,000 hectares of land during the current season.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said adequate steps are being taken to make the intensive Boro paddy farming program a success, reports BSS.

Last season, the DAE had fixed a production target of 9.89-lakh tonnes of Boro paddy from 2,34,512 hectares of land when the farmers exceeded the target and achieved a super bumper production of the crop.

Currently, the farmers are very busy with harvesting Aman paddy and sowing seed of Rabi crops like potato, maize, mustard and winter vegetables on their lands. They will start preparing Boro seedbed from the end of this month.

Additional Director of the DAE of Khulna Region Faridul Hasan told transplantation of Boro paddy seedling has begun on low-lying and char areas from the third week of December to complete harvest before the rainy season.

He said there is no way but to enhance paddy production through facing the existing challenges of adverse impact of climate change with gradually declining resources and agriculture manpower.

He also said field level officials of the DAE will lend assistance and latest technologies to farmers for successful Boro paddy cultivation.

“Bangladesh Agri-culture Development Corporation, Power Development Board (PDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) will ensure smooth supply of seed, fertilisers and power to the farmers to ensure the smooth cultivation of Boro paddy,” he added.