POST TIME: 11 July, 2018 10:12:46 PM
Rangpur region to produce 16.39lakh tonnes Aman rice

Rangpur region to produce 16.39lakh tonnes Aman rice

RANGPUR: The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has fixed a target of producing 16.39 lakh tonnes of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice from 5.94 lakh hectares of land this season in Rangpur agriculture region, reports BSS.

Officials of the DAE said the farmers already started transplantation of T-Aman rice seedling as the process would get full momentum by this month in five districts.

The DAE, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) and other organisations have taken comprehensive steps to make the T-Aman rice farming programme successful.

“As per the fixed farming target, the farmers will produce 16.39 lakh tonnes of clean T-Aman rice by bringing 5.94 lakh hectares of land under its cultivation this season in the region,” said Horticulture Specialist of the DAE Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam.

Of them, 1.30 lakh tonnes of hybrid variety T-Aman rice would be produced from 37,662 hectares of land, 14.64-lakh tonnes high yielding variety rice from 5.26 lakh hectares and 44,576 tonnes of local variety Aman rice form 29,717 hectares of land this time. Meanwhile, the farmers have already prepared T-Aman seedling on 32,854 hectares of land against the requirement of preparing the same on 29,828 hectares for cultivation of T-Aman rice in 5.94 lakh hectares of land.

“The farmers have so far prepared T-Aman seedling on additional 3,026 hectares of land to meet any emergency need for re-transplantation if damage occur due to flood this season,” Islam said. Additional Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md Moniruzzaman said the farmers already transplanted T-Aman rice seedling on 2,054 hectares of land by Monday.

“The prevailing weather remains favourable for transplantation of T-Aman rice seedling following frequent rains in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Nilphamari districts of the region,” he said.

The farmers have kept shallow tube wells and the Barind Multipurpose Development Authorities and BADC their deep tube wells ready to operate for completing T-Aman seedling transplantation timely in case of less rainfall. Talking to BSS, farmers Esahaq Ali of Kathihara village and Manik Mian of Darshona village here said they are not facing any problem in transplanting T-Aman rice seedling amid frequent rainfalls.

Meanwhile, Director (Field Service Wing) of the DAE Dr Md Abdul Muyeed at a meeting held here on Friday directed field level agriculture officials to take early steps for facing any natural calamity to ensure successful cultivation of T-Aman rice.