Bumper Aush rice yield expected in Rangpur region ...

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Bumper Aush rice yield expected in Rangpur region 

 Rangpur Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:15 PM, 21 June 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Farmers in all five districts of the Rangpur agriculture region are expecting a bumper production of Aush rice this season.  

According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) officials, harvest of early varieties of Aush rice has already begun while tender plants of other varieties of the crop are growing superbly amid favourable climate conditions predicting its bumper production. 

Earlier, the UAE had fixed a target of bringing 62,199 heaters of land under Aush rice cultivation to produce over 1.75 lakh tonnes of clean rice (2.63 lakh tonnes in terms of paddy) in the region during the current Kharif-1 season. 

“Farmers have finally cultivated Aush rice on 62,090 hectares of land, less by only 109 hectares or 0.18 percent against the fixed farming target this time,” Agriculturist Bidhu Bhusan Ray, Additional Director of the DAE, Rangpur region said today.

Meanwhile, farmers have already harvested Aush rice on 262 hectares of land and produced 930 tonnes of clean rice (1,395 tonnes in terms of paddy) with on an average yield rate of 3.55 tonnes of rice per hectare of land.

“Harvesting of Aush rice will get full momentum from next month across the region,” Bidhu Bhusan Ray said. 

Farmers are expanding cultivation of less irrigation water consuming and short duration Aus rice every year in Rangpur region following various pragmatic steps taken by the government during the last twelve years. 

The steps include distribution of intensives along with high yielding varieties of Aush rice seeds and fertilisers free of cost among small and marginal farmers, conducting motivational campaigns and providing technical training and support to them. 

As a result, farmers are expanding cultivation of Aush rice as an additional crop during the off-season after Boro rice harvest and before transplantation of Aman rice seedlings and enhancing rice production consistently every year.

Earlier, farmers produced 51,722 tonnes of Aush rice from 17,523 hectares of land in 2013 while 59,685 tonnes from 19,205 hectares in 2014 and 61,676 tonnes from 21,063 hectares of land in 2015 in the region, he said. 

They produced 65,505 tonnes of Aush rice from 21,751 hectares of land in 2016 while 73,543 tonnes from 24,717 hectares in 2017 and 1.23 lakh tonnes from 40, 618 hectares in 2018. 

Farmers also produced 1.48 lakh tonnes of clean Aush rice from 47,552 hectares of land despite huge damage to the crop on 7,754 hectares of land caused by floods in 2019. 

“Besides, farmers produced a record 1.83 lakh tonnes of clean Aush rice from 59,092 hectares of land even after damage to the crop on 4,598 hectares of land caused by floods in 2020 in the region,” Ray added.

Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said cultivation of Aush rice has become popular during the off-season between May and mid-August without hampering Aman rice farming on the same land. 

“After harvesting Aush rice by mid-August, farmers will transplant Aman rice seedlings on the same land to further enhance rice output braving the Covid-19 pandemic in Rangpur region,” Mamunur Rashid added.