The farmers of Rajbari district are expecting a bumper crop of Aman paddies- including Transplanted Aman (T-Aman)- after favourable weather conditions and satisfactory rainfalls.
This year, the department of agriculture extension (DAE) in Rajbari set a target to cultivate Aman on approximately 34,346 hectares of land. “But the farmers exceeded our expectations by bringing an additional 4579 hectares under cultivation,” said the department’s deputy director Mohammad Golam Kibriya.
Rashidul Alam, a farmer from the Sadar upazila, attributed the potentially bumper production to timely Aman cultivation coupled with generous rainfall. Ashraful Mallik, another farmer from Baliakandi upazila, also said rainfall played a positive role and that he expected there would be a good yield.
Good weather conditions brought relief to farmers, who did not have a good harvest last season due to storms and rough weather. To make up for their losses, many farmers had to borrow money from local moneylenders at high interest rates.
However, this season Aman crops will be more expensive than last season’s crops as farmers had to use generator-powered irrigation systems in five upazilas of the district, said farmer Ahmed Ali.
The deputy director’s office at the DAE is closely monitoring the work of the farmers and assisting them with their cultivation, a source said.