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Farmers eye bumper Boro yield

Update : 19 Apr 2013, 08:29 AM

Farmers of ten south-western districts under Khulna division are expecting a bumper production of high yielding varieties of Boro paddy this year as the Department of Agriculture Extention (DAE) has undertaken a project with a goal of 2.3m metric tonnes of paddy production.

DAE sources informed that a total of around .59m hectares of land were brought under the project to meet the goal.

1,40,585 hectares of land from Jessore, 43,471 hectares from Narail, 83,636 hectares from Jhenidah, 43,145 hectares from Magura, 36,289 hectares from Kushtia, 39,306 hectares from Chuadanga, 25,157 hectares from Meherpur, 71,729 hectares from Satkhira, 48,482 hectares from Khulna and 45,208 hectares from Bagerhat district have been brought under the project.

DAE officials and local farmers of the region expressed hopes to harvest a bumper production of high yielding Boro varieties as the climatic conditions are so far favourable for the project.

To meet the goal, the officials of DAE, particularly sub-assistant agriculture officers in the field level are motivating the farmers to cultivate Boro varieties on a large scale to ensure food security and financial benefits.

Deputy Director (DD) of Narail DAE, Chabi Hari Das said, “the farmers are being trained on Boro cultivation to make the project a grand success.”

On the other hand, Lohagora upazila agriculture officer Raghunath Kar said necessary steps had been taken to ensure the supply of an adequate quantity of improved quality seeds, fertilisers, insecticides and other agricultural tools among the growers in fair prices to boost the Boro production.”

Some Boro growers also expressed contentment over the support they have gotten from the DAE.

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