Monday, 6 February, 2023

DAE takes measures to protect Boro seedlings from cold

GAIBANDHA: The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has taken up precautionary measures to protect the seedlings of Boro paddy from cold injuries due to ongoing cold wave and dense fog, reports BSS.

Official sources said, the department has set a target to bring a total of 1, 29, 500 hectares of land under the Boro cultivation this year with the production target of 5,60,418 metric tons of clean rice.

To bring the land under Boro cultivation as many as 6225 hectares of land have been prepared for seedbed where the seedlings have grown well.

But, the ongoing cold wave with dense fog sweeping over the northern districts in last few days is affecting the seedlings of the seedbed making the farmers more worried about the Boro farming.

To protect the Boro seedlings from the cold injuries, the department is distributing leaflets inscribed with some suggestions to the farmers in all seven upazilas in the district.

Besides, the field level Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officers (SAAOs) are also suggesting the farmers about their doings to keep the Boro seedlings well in the seedbeds, said Dr. Muhammad Rezaul Islam, District Training Officer of the DAE.

The DAE officials advised the farmers to keep the Boro seedbeds under irrigated water in the evening and drain the water out in the morning everyday to avoid cold injuries to the seedlings.

Apart from this, the Agri experts have advised the farmers to keep the seed beds covered with polythene at day and remove the cover at sunlight so that the seedlings are not damaged under the impact of prevailing cold spell and fog.

We are motivating the farmers to adopt the pre-cautionary measures for protecting the Boro seedlings, said Abdul Mazid, an officer of Gaibandha Municipality.

Talking to BSS, Deputy Director (DD) of the DAE Krishibid Masudur Rahman said the seedlings might be damaged due to cold wave if the bone chilling cold wave swept over the district for six or seven days at a stretch.

As the seedlings are getting the sunlight at days, there is no possibility to damage of the seedlings due to cold injuries, the DD added.

In reply to a question, the DD said he was visiting the fields round the clock side by side with monitoring the field level activities of SAAOs and he received no report of seedlings damage due to foul weather so far.