Rajshahi farmers eye good T-aman paddy yield
Published: 12:52 PM, 31 October 2020 Updated: 12:53 PM, 31 October 2020
The farmers of Rajshahi are bustling with preparations for harvesting transplanted aman paddy (T-aman), creating a high hope of good yield everywhere in the region including its vast Barind tract, making the peasants delighted.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), suitable climate conditions along with frequent rainfall during all the time of farming season unleashed the hope of getting the desired production of T-aman paddy.
Meanwhile, aman paddy transplantation has exceeded the target in Rajshahi division despite the adverse impacts of both the Covid-19 pandemic and the flood, creating scopes of producing additional yield of the food grain.
The DAE has set the target of producing around 22.19 lakh tonnes of Aman rice from around 7.66 lakh hectares of land in all eight districts under the division during the current season.
But, amazingly, the enthusiastic farmers have brought more than 7.77 lakh hectares of land exceeding the target by 11,540 hectares braving the current pandemic and disastrous situations.
According to the farmers and the DAE sources, the target has been exceeded as the farmers are seen humming towards more paddy farming amid suitable climate conditions with frequent rainfall.
Particularly, the farmers are now very much pleased with the present lucrative market price for the latest harvested Aush and Boro paddy and rice in the entire region including its vast Barind tract.
Sudhendra Nath Roy, additional director of the DAE, said suitable weather is helping the farmers’ nurse transplanted Aman paddy and most of the farming fields have become grain-filled at present creating an eye-catching look everywhere in the region.
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has released seven modern paddy varieties of the Aman paddy for the welfare of common farmers in the region particularly in its vast Barind tract, said Dr Fazlul Islam, principal scientific officer of BRRI.
The varieties are comparatively high yielding, drought tolerant and short duration than local variety ‘Swarna’ which is prone to various diseases and insects always affect the paddy.
Dr Fazlul said farmers have been encouraged to cultivate the latest varieties through various interventions including block demonstration, plots projection and supplying of seed free of cost.
He also said the modern varieties have opened up doors in enormous prospects of food security along with mitigating the crises of irrigation water.
Dr Fazlul also mentioned that Parija and Swarna varieties are being replaced by some of the developed varieties that can boost the Aman output. - BSS