“We are expecting a bumper crop of Transplanted Aman rice this season as farmers exceeded their targeted acreage amid favouralbe climate,” said DEA horticulture specialist Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam.
He said farmers in this region set a target at 5.21 lakh hectares for Aman crop, but they grew the rice in 5.85 lakh hectares of land, which was higher by 64,039 hectares or 12.28 percent.
“The farmers have already started harvesting the short duration and drought-tolerant T-Aman rice variety including BRRI dhan33, BRRI dhan39, BRRI dhan56 and 57 and BINA dhan7,” Mesbahul said.
According to the DAE, the government has fixed a target of producing over 14 lakh tonnes Aman rice from 5.21 lakh hectares of land in all five districts under the Rangpur agriculture region, reports BSS.
Under the programme, 25,432 hectares of land were to be brought under cultivation of hybrid variety T-Aman to produce 83,927 tonnes rice, over 4.65 lakh hectares under high yielding variety to produce 12.46 lakh tonnes rice and 30,762 hectares under local variety to produce 51,372 tonnes Aman rice.
Regional Additional Director of the DAE Shah Alam said the T-Aman plants grew well amid favourable climatic condition while there was no major incident of pests’ attacks.