Dhaka, Saturday   23 February 2019

Transplantation of boro paddy seedling gets momentum

 Rajshahi Correspondent  daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:17 PM, 23 February 2019  



Transplantation of Irri-boro paddy seedling has got the highest peak as the farmers put in their level best efforts to complete the transplantation process in due time. 

At present, the farmers are passing their busy days in seedling transplantation and nursing of the newly transplanted tender plants everywhere in all eight districts under Rajshahi division including its vast Barind Tract.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set a target of producing 33.17 lakh tonnes of Boro rice from 8.11 lakh hectares of land under the division in the current season. Already, the farmers transplanted seedlings on more than 6.72 lakh hectares of land. 

They also raised seedbeds on 48,138 hectares of land against the target of 41,838 hectares of land fixed by DAE.

“We are very much hopeful about exceeding the target of seedling transplantation like the seedbed,” expects SM Mustafizur Rahman, Additional Director of DAE.

The marginal farmers were provided necessary fertilizers like Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and Murat of Potash (MoP) as incentives to facilitate smooth Boro paddy farming.

Agriculturist Rahman said steps have been taken to ensure smooth Boro rice cultivation this season. The farming is going on in full swing across the region as they are optimistic of harvesting the crop early, he added. 

“I have already cultivated Boro on eight bighas of land this season”, said Lokman Hossain, a farmer in Mohadebpur Upazila, adding, “I will bring some more lands under the farming within a very short time.”

The DAE has distributed some 20-kg seeds of Boro rice, 20-kg DAP and 10-kg MoP fertilisers free of cost to each farmer. 

President of Water Management Association of Paba Nurul Amin said, “The farmers of my area are now busy in Boro cultivation. I am cultivating Boro on six bighas of land when it was only three-bigha in last year. 

Abdullah Heel Kafi, regional agriculture information officer, said the DAE and other agriculture-related organisations, Power Development Board and Rural Electrification Board are ensuring smooth supply of seed, fertilizers and electricity to the farmers to ensure smooth Boro paddy cultivation. 

Kafi expected that the farmers would largely adopt conservation agriculture technologies in farming Boro paddy to increase its output reducing lifting of underground water, saving electricity and improving the environment. 

He said the farmers have imparted training on how to adopt conservation agriculture technologies like Alternate Drying and Wetting irrigation method at a larger scale than farming of Boro paddy to save irrigation for increasing its output at reduced costs. 

“We have full preparation for extending irrigation to the paddy fields,” said Engineer Abdur Rashid, Executive Director of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), ever-largest irrigation providing state-owned entity in country’s northwest region.