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Aman farming exceeds target in Rajshahi

Farmers are now busy in nursing of the transplanted tender plants with hope of getting more yields side by side with its market price
BSS, Rajshahi

Farming of transplanted Aman paddy has exceeded the target of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Rajshahi division due to favorable weather.

“The favorable weather condition along with frequent rainfall contributed a lot towards successful completion of Aman seedlings transplantation on time besides exceeding the target significantly,” Additional Director of DAE here Deb Dulal Dhali here said Thursday.

He said the farmers had cultivated Aman paddy on around 7.73 lakh hectares of land in eight districts this season against the DAE’s target of 7.24 lakh hectares creating hope of additional production of Aman paddy. Agriculturist Dhali said most of the farming fields now wore an eye-catching look.

Farmers are now busy in nursing of the transplanted tender plants with hope of getting more yields side by side with its market price.

Farmer Shafiqul Islam of Maligachha village under Godagari Upazila told BSS that most of the farmers of his area have completed seedling transplantation on time as the frequent seasonal rainfall helps them a lot, expecting bumper production this time.

“I have brought six bighas of land under aman paddy farming. Existing rainfall has become helpful for the farming,” said Abu Bakkar, a farmer of Bagdhani village under Paba Upazila. Mozammel Haque, another farmer of Kachua village under Tanore Upazila, said the farmers hope better yield of Aman paddy as the cultivation of Aman paddy requires less cost compared to other crops. “Timely transplantation of aman paddy seedlings is very important for healthy growth leading to optimum yield in the area,” Dr Aminul Islam, Chief Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), here today he said.

He said BRRI has developed seven modern paddy varieties for Aman season creating high hope among the farmers in the region. The varieties like Brridhan 56, Brridhan 66, Brridhan71, Brridhan75, Brridhan80, Brridhan87 and Brridhan90 are comparatively high yielding, drought tolerant and takes short time to get matured than local variety ‘Swarna’ which is prone to various diseases, he continued.

Dr Islam 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 door in enormous prospects of food security along with mitigating the crises of irrigation water.

 

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