A bumper production of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) is likely in the southwestern districts as farmers are expecting to outstrip output targets on the back of a crop-friendly weather condition that marked the past few months.
The current season has been characterised by sufficient rainfalls, modestly priced fertilisers and lesser incidence of pest attacks – all of which, coupled with a general increase in production acreage, played out nicely for the farmers.
Babar Ali of Kamarkundu village in Jhenaidah Sadar upazila cultivated T-Aman on a three-bigha land and is expecting at least 54 maunds of rice at the end of the season.
“The climate has been favourable all through the season, with sufficient rainfall. Further, there were infrequent pest attacks and diseases which also helped,” he said.
Ananda Kumar, a farmer at the Khalishpur village in Moheshpur upazila, is expecting at least 35 maunds of rice from his two-bigha field. He said he had assistance from the agriculture officials about pest control.
According to sources at the department of agriculture extension (DAE), some of the farmers faced minor attacks of pests, like Brown Plant Hoppers, but they were prepared to handle the situation themselves because of the trainings they had received before.
Sources at the Khulna DAE office said farmers of the ten southwestern districts brought a total of 703,267 hectares of land under cultivation this season, against the targeted 67,978 hectares. The figure was 693,370 in the last season, which produced 1,834,577 tonnes of rice.
The Jessore farmers brought 131,927 hectares of land under T-Aman cultivation, Jhenaidah farmers brought 93,415 hectares, Magura farmers 56,280 hectares, Narail farmers 32,130 hectares, Khulna farmers 90,440 hectares, Bagerhat farmers 68,215 hectares, and Satkhira farmers 92,070 hectares.
On the other hand, Kushtia farmers brought 75,885 hectares under cultivation, Chuadanga farmers brought 40,455 hectares and Meherpur farmers brought 23,450 hectares. Some farmers have already started harvesting the early varieties of T-Aman.