Boro exceeded targets in south-western’s 6 districts
Published: 04:20 PM, 3 March 2021
Boro paddy; File Photo
Boro paddy has been cultivated on more than 16,160 hectares of land in the current season, exceeding the target in six districts of the south-western part of the country.
The districts are – Jashore, Jhenaidah, Magura, Kushtia, Chuadanga and Meherpur.
According to the Jashore Regional Department of Agricultural Extension, the target for Boro paddy cultivation was set at 353,780 hectares of land in Jashore this season. But the work of planting rice saplings has been completed on 369,940 hectares of land, exceeding the target.
The production target for these Boro lands is 16 lakh metric tons of rice. Due to the high prices of paddy and rice last year, farmers have been cultivating paddy on more land with interest.
Currently, the farmers are busy taking care of the paddy planted on the land. If the weather is favorable, there is a possibility of the bumper yield this year. Due to the good price of paddy and rice last year, many marginal and sharecroppers have turned to Boro cultivation this year.
While visiting the spot, it was seen that farmers are busy irrigating, applying fertilizers and pesticides and caring for the paddy seedlings in Boro land in Jashore Sadar, Bagharpara, Jhikargacha, Chaugachha, Sharsha and Magura Sadar upazila.
Badal Chandra Biswas, deputy director of Jashore Regional Department of Agricultural Extension, said the Agriculture Office has provided motivation, advice, yard meetings, supply of new varieties of seeds and training to Boro paddy farmers.
Bangladesh Krishi Bank and other banks have given loans to farmers on easy terms to complete the boro cultivation. The Boro paddy cultivation is increasing day by day in the districts of the region as the prices are high in the market at present.