Agri-experts urged farmers to cultivate the short-duration pariza paddy, an indigenous variety, during off-season to help the country attain food security.
It is possible to harvest four crops – aman paddy, mustard, mung beans and pariza paddy – in a year if farmers cultivate them on elevated land systematically, they said.
Therefore it is essential to motivate farmers properly and get them interested in producing pariza paddy on a large-scale and help the country achieve food security while generating working opportunities for farm labourers during the lean period, they added.
They made the observation while addressing a meeting titled, “Importance of Pariza Paddy cultivation in Aus Season in Food Security” organised by the agriculture and environment unit, Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) Bangladesh at Barmatat village in Lakshmipur union.
Additional director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Rangpur region, M Sikandar Ali, addressed the function as chief guest while the deputy director of DAE, Mir Abdur Razzak, and district training officer Zulfiquer Haider were present as special guests.
The agri-experts also said pariza paddy could be harvested in 90 days of being sown or in 75 days after transplanting 20-day old seedlings.
As the northern region experiences an average of 350 mm rainfall in May, 550 mm in June and 500 mm in July, and since no crop is planted during these months, farmers are being asked to cultivate pariza on their land during this season, to utilise the rainwater.
Farmer Rezaul Karim said they normally harvest two crops a year – boro and aman paddy.
Earlier, agri experts and the additional director of DAE Rangpur region visited a pariza paddy field and spoke with farmers and agri officials.
The experts expressed their satisfaction after seeing the paddy filed as the seedlings of the variety had grown well in keeping with the desired result.
The assistant agriculture officer at RDRS, M Saiful Islam, said a total of 4,000 bighas of land in 10 blocks of Sadar, Sundarganj and Palashbari upazilas were being utilized for pariza farming during the current season.
Necessary measures were also taken to distribute fertilisers, insecticides and other agri-products among growers, free of cost.