Farmers of northern region have engaged their full efforts in transplanted Aman farming everywhere amid favourable weather conditions.
“The prevailing weather remains favourable and helps the farmers complete transplantation of T-Aman seedlings this season timely,” said Additional Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Fazlur Rahman.
He said the farmers had cultivated aman paddy on around 3.95 lakh hectares of land out of target 3.72 lakh hectares in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore and Chapainawabganj districts during the current season.
Fazlur Rahman said most of the farming fields now wore an eye-catching look. In some areas, harvesting of the short-duration varieties especially Brridhan-48 and zinc-enriched Brridhan-62 was started creating job opportunities for many unemployed people.
The frequent moderates to heavy rainfalls have made the farmers busy in transplanting the seedlings everywhere and the concerned government departments including the DAE provided all necessary assistances to the farmers.
“Though there is adequate rainwater, the Barind Multipurpose Development Authorities (BMDA) is ready to provide supplementary irrigation if required,” DAE officials said.
In addition, the farmers are keeping thousands of their shallow tube wells ready for supplementary irrigation if any drought situation begins during the transplantation and farming period of the major cereal crop in the region, they said.
The farmers cultivate more than 29 high yielding, two hybrid and nine local and indigenous varieties during the Aman season and more or less 15 of those are very much popular among the farmers, said ATM Rafiqul Islam, Deputy Manager (Agriculture) of Barind Multipurpose Development Authorities (BMDA).
He said the farmers always hope for a better yield from Aman cultivation, as the cultivation of Aman paddy requires less cost compared to other crops because rain water comes as the bounty of nature, reports BSS.
Farmers Shafiqul Islam, Rashed Alamgir and many others today told BSS that they are not facing any problem in plantation of T-Aman seedlings as the frequent seasonal rainfall are helping them a lot.
They expected 0-that farmers would get bumper production this time.”Though there is adequate rainwater, the BMDA is ready to provide supplementary irrigation if required,” Agriculturist Rafique said.
Dev Dulal Dhali, Deputy Director of DAE, informed that the cultivation of paddy at the Barind region is costly. Still many of farmers were cultivating paddy as the government was purchasing paddy at a higher rate from the farmers to recoup their loss.
He said prospect of T-Aman is now very bright thanks to rain for the last fewmonths. He also said the department has supplied high quality seeds, fertilizers, pesticidesand other agriculture inputs at free of cost among the farmers.
Besides, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, Janata bank and other commercial banks, local NGOs inthe region are distributing short-term loan to farmers of the district for cultivation of Aman paddy.