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Farmers cultivate Boro ignoring winter

Jhenaidah CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com
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Jhenaidah farmers passing the busy time in cultivating boro on the field ignoring winter.

According to District Extension Department, this year, the target of boro cultivation has been set in 92 thousand 560 hectares of land in six upazilas of the district. Production has been estimated to be 3 lakh 66 thousand 643 metric tonnes of rice. Boro paddy has already been planted in about 30 percent of the district.

Boro cultivation is going on in different areas of six upazilas including Sadar, Shailakupa, Maheshpur, and Kotchandpur. Boro field is being made by the plow. The fertilizer and irrigation are being given on the land. Since the dry season, farmers are taking water from the irrigation pump. Rice seedlings are being planted in a row somewhere. They are optimistic about bumper harvest this year because of favorable weather. Though the cost of rice production increased, they are still worried about the fair prices of rice.

Jahidul Islam of Gopinathpur village of sadar upazila said, "Water is not available for this season due to lack of rainfall. About Tk 3,000 worth water needed to cultivate and harvesting Boro. Meanwhile, Tk 16 to 17 thousand needed in per bigha for other expenses. But if you do not get the rice prices, you will not be able to get it.

Rabindranath khan of the same village said, "Power and diesel crisis is a big problem. In the dry season, boro rice has to give water three times a day. If there is a diesel crisis then it will be difficult.

District Agriculture Extension Directorate Agriculture Officer GM Abdur Rauf said that the farmers are encouraged to use the ideal seedbed, fertilizer for proper boro cultivation.

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