Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) had set a target to bring a total of 1, 26,000 hectares of land under T-Aman paddy cultivation this year
The farming of T-Aman paddy, a high value crop, has exceeded its target in all the seven upazilas of Gaibandha district during the current season with an expectation of bumper production.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) had set a target to bring a total of 1, 26,000 hectares of land under T-Aman paddy cultivation this year, officials said.
But, T-aman paddy cultivation exceeded its target land by 2050 hectares till September 15 due to favorable climate condition during the current season.
Of them, some 18520 hectares of land were brought under T-aman cultivation in Sadar upazila, 15,730 in Sadullapur upazila, 14170 in Palashbari upazila, 31550 in Gobindaganj upazila, 28193 in Sundarganj upazila, 12668 in Saghata upazila and 7219 in Fulchhari upazila.
The transplanted seedlings of Aman paddy have already grown well and the paddy fields turned into greenish look. The growers are so much busy in nurturing the paddy field with the hopes of getting desired production of the crops this season.
In order to make the cultivation programme a grand success, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation distributed high quality Aman seed to the farmers of the district at fair prices through its sale centers and approved dealers, sources said.
Besides, DAE also distributed seedlings of late variety of aman paddy produced on the community, floating and tray seed beds at the management of the DAE officials to flood affected farmers of the district this season.
Apart from this, different state run commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) are disbursing agri loans on easy terms to the poor and marginal farmers of the district to help them cultivate the T-Aman paddy on their land this season, said an official of RAKUB here.
In addition, DAE has been imparting training to the farmers for adopting modern technologies in paddy cultivation, crop management and preservation of quality seed, said Showkat Osman, district training officer of DAE.
To ensure the bumper production of T-Aman paddy in the district this year, BMDA has also kept its electricity-run 505 deep tube wells fully ready to supply irrigation water to the Aman paddy field, if necessary, said executive engineer M. Azadul Islam.
Deputy Director of DAE Krishibid Masudur Rahman said necessary measures had been taken for availability of fertilizers, insecticides and other agriculture inputs at the grassroots level.