Akhaura farmers busy planting Boro saplings
Published: 04:43 PM, 10 January 2022
Boro paddy cultivation festival is going on all over the Akhaura upazila including the municipal area; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Farmers in Akhaura upazila of Brahmanbaria have been getting a fair price of paddy for the last few years. For this, local farmers have planted paddy with enthusiasm. Farmers are very happy to get a good price in bumper yield and sale of paddy in the last Aman season.
Aman paddy has already been harvested and boro paddy cultivation has started. Local farmers have started planting Boro saplings in full swing this season, ignoring the severe winter. Boro paddy cultivation festival is underway all over the upazila including the municipal area.
Farmers are busy irrigating the land, plowing, applying fertilizers, picking seeds and planting seedlings in the prepared land. More paddy is being planted in about 3000 hectares of land this season since the last Aman season. The farmers will try their best to make the yield better in the current Boro cultivation than in Aman.
According to the Upazila Agriculture Office, the target level has been set for 6,000 hectares of Boro cultivation in the current season in the upazila. There are different types of seeds including high-yielding seeds in the planted land.
On the spot in the municipal area at Taragan, Debgram, Narayanpur, Nurpur of Kharampur Upazila, Hirapur, Umedpur, Bautola, Satpara, Dhaturpahela, Tolabari, Kusumbari, Nunasar and other places, it was seen that local farmers are busy preparing land for Boro paddy cultivation, uprooting and planting seedlings. However, due to the labor crisis in Boro farming, wages have also increased.
Meanwhile, due to several days of dense fog and severe cold, the local farmers are worried that the seedbed will be damaged. However, the Department of Agriculture did not do much harm as it gave overall advice to protect the affected seedbed. Ignoring the winter, the farmers are busy in the field from morning till evening. Some are cultivating the land, others are plowing the land or distributing organic manure. Some are giving irrigation. After ancillary work, they were picking saplings from the seedbed and planting them in the field.
Md. Shahid Mia of Kaujbari village of the upazila said Boro paddy will be planted on 10 bighas of land this season. Paddy seedlings were already planted on his 4 bighas of land.
He added that due to the severe winter, workers have to work on the land with “extra wages due to the crisis”. Hopefully, the work of planting saplings in the remaining lands will be completed within two weeks. He is planting high-yielding BRI-28, 29, 6, 64 hybrid varieties of paddy this season. These paddy crops have been planted last season as the market price was good.
Farmer Md. Bachchu Mia said he got good yield by planting a “high yielding variety of paddy” on 6 bighas of land in the last Aman season. He got 17-20 mounds of paddy per bigha of land. So he is planting paddy in 15 bighas of land this season. Boro paddy seedlings have already been completed in 5 bighas of land.
Md. Alam Khan of the Taragaon area of the municipal area said he lost interest at one point in paddy cultivation. However, he became interested in cultivation again due to high-yielding varieties of paddy yield and good prices. In the last Aman season, he planted paddy in 8 bighas of land and got the expected yield. He will cultivate paddy in 12 bighas of land in the current Boro season.
Md. Alam Khan also said he has already prepared the land for plowing and irrigating paddy. He hopes the work of planting saplings in the lands will be completed within a week.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Shahana Begum said Aman paddy has already been harvested. Farmers are not lagging behind in boro paddy cultivation due to winter. Local farmers have started cultivating boro paddy in full swing after preparing the land. In the end, it is possible to achieve the target if the weather is favorable and the irrigation system is good.
She added that the concerned people of the office are keeping an eye on the situation so that no one can increase the price of fertilizer by “forming a syndicate”. Local farmers are being advised to keep the yield good.