A bumper production of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) is likely in the northern region as farmers are expecting to outstrip output targets amid favourable weather conditions.
According to sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), farmers have cultivated the crop on about 1,822,363 hectares of land this season – 75,915 hectares more than the previously targeted acreage of 1,746,448.
Harvest is set to begin from the second week of October, BSS reports.
T-Aman is a high-yield and drought- tolerate crop variety similar to varieties such as BRRI dhan 33, BRRI dhan 39, BRRI dhan 56 and 57, BINA dhan 7 and BU dhan 1.
As things stand now, the season’s likely production of clean Aman may come at around 4.8m tonnes, which would be over 100,000 more than the what was previously predicted to be over 4.6m tonnes.
The government had planned to bring 1,603,451 hectares of land under cultivation to produce 4,350,964 tonnes of T-Aman, 126,606 hectares of land to produce 202,570 tonnes of local variety rice and 16,327 hectares of land to produce 54,090 tonnes of the hybrid variety.
The farmers, however, have exceeded the targets on all accounts.
The T-Aman plants are growing superbly now following expected rainfalls in the past weeks with no major incident of pest attacks, said horticulture specialist Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam of the DAE.
“About 16.65% of the growing T-Aman plants are now in the tillering stage, 36.57% in panicle initiation stage, 30.21% in booting stage, 3.64% in milking stage and 0.94% in doubh stage.”
Talking to BSS, farmers Ali Haider, Mahbubur Rahman, Sukanto Kumar, Haripado Das and Abul Hossain expressed their satisfaction with the steady growth of T-Aman. They said there had been adequate rainfalls since the start of August after a month-long drought-like situation.
Noted rice scientist Dr M A Mazid, who is working with BRAC International (South Asia and Africa), had earlier predicted a bumper production of T-Aman for this season.
The Rangpur regional additional director of the DAE, Sikander Ali, also predicted a similar production provided weather remained in favour of the farmers.