“Of the harvesting target, 63% has been achieved on the plain land while over 85% on lowlands in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj and Natore districts,” said Sirajul Islam, additional director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE)
Around 85% Boro paddy has, so far, been harvested in Rajshahi region including its vast barind tract on an average successfully amid mind-blowing yield attained by the farmers despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Of the harvesting target, 63% has been achieved on the plain land while over 85% on lowlands in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj and Natore districts,” said Sirajul Islam, additional director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
He said the farmers are happy as they are harvesting their paddy amid satisfactory yield everywhere in the region.
Farmers achieved the good paddy yield following various effective steps including inspiring farmers in enhancing cultivation of high yielding varieties of Boro rice, use of latest technologies, proper fertilization, agronomical managements, smooth supply of fertilizers and electricity for irrigation, said agriculturist Islam.
Dr Mahbubur Rahman, additional director of the DAE in Bogra, said around 67% paddy has, so far, been harvested on an average while the figure is significantly high in the lowlands in Bogra, Joypurhat, Pabna, and Sirajganj districts.
Suitable weather also made the paddy farmers capable of getting good yield of Boro paddy as steps had been taken to ensure smooth Boro rice cultivation in this season.
In the current season, farming acreage of high yielding paddy varieties has been recorded to rise to a great extent. Farmers are so happy after getting satisfactory yield of the newly developed varieties.
Farmers delighted with yield
Samedul Islam, 54, a farmer of Ishwaripur village under Godagari upazila, said he has harvested 8.8 tons of yield (dry) per hectare after cultivating the Brri dhan 92 variety, which is significantly high compared to the local varieties.
Another farmer Mokbul Hossain, 47, of Rishikul village under the same upazila, had cultivated Brri dhan 89 obtaining 8.37 tons of yield (dry) per hectare. “The yield is amazing,” Hossain said.
Jakir Hossain, 54, a farmer of Hatibandha village under Godagari upazila, had cultivated paddy on 20 bigha of land this season whereas the previous season’s acreage was 15 bigha.
Good yield and enhanced selling prices of both paddy and straw have encouraged him to cultivate paddy on more lands.
“I have sold only straw worth around Tk 75,000 in addition to the paddy last season,” Hossain said, adding that many of his fellow villagers have attained success in paddy farming.
Currently, businessmen and wholesalers purchase paddy and straw from the farmers’ fields directly as the grassroots growers are being benefited in many ways, said Hossain.
He added that the price of both paddy and rice during the previous Boro, Aush and Aman seasons were seen to increase as a result of government-level rice procurement drives inspiring the farmers to cultivate Boro paddy on more lands.
“I have got a better price of the latest Aman paddy. So, I have cultivated Boro paddy on 10 bigha of land,” said Abu Rahman, a farmer of Gubirpara village under Tanore upazila, adding that the farmers are happy over paddy cultivation here.
Abul Kashem, a farmer of Mayamari village under Niamatpur upazila, said he had cultivated paddy on 18 bigha of land this season.
Meanwhile, the DAE has set the target of producing 3.524 million tons of paddy from 810,000 hectares of land in all eight districts of Rajshahi division during the current season.
However, the farmers have brought 817,000 hectares of land generating scopes of additional rice production, officials said.
Moreover, 24,600 small and marginal farmers were given support with seed and fertilizers in the division under the government’s agriculture incentive program to boost the Boro rice production.
In the previous year, farmers produced 3.423 million tons of Boro rice from 803,000 hectares of land in all eight districts under the division.