Most of the farmers in Rangpur division, except in some flood-hit areas, are expecting a bumper output of Aman crop due to favourable weather condition that is persisting in the region.
Sector insiders are also predicting optimum prices for Aman crop this season thanks to decline in its import as well as domestic production in the last financial year (FY 16).
Except some flood-hit areas in Kurigram, Nilphamari and Gaibandha, Aman cultivation has almost come to an end in the eight districts of Rangpur division within the first week of the current month.
In many areas, the crop was at 'tillering' stage and will be ready for harvest from the last of October. In some areas, late-Aman cultivation was going on after harvesting Aus paddy, farmers said.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials said due to heavy rain and flood, volume of silt has increased this year, making arable lands more fertile.
According to Rangpur DAE officials, the government had a target to bring 1.05 million hectares of land under Aman farming in the division, of which 95 per cent has been achieved.
An official said the land under Aman cultivation will remain static at 1.024 million hectares like the previous year due to severe floods in Kurigram, Nilphamari and Gaibandha. It caused permanent damage to Aman crop at 20,000 hectares of land.
But, production of the crop will cross the target of 3.0 million tonnes thanks to timely rain and increase in silt in the lands, he added.
Nilphamari DAE acting deputy director Aftab Hossain said 0.112 million hectares of land in the district have been brought under Aman farming this season.
Of the land, Aman crop at 1,250 hectares has been fully damaged by flood in Dimla upazila. But about 3,500 farmers have been provided with vegetable seeds and fertilisers worth Tk 13.2 million to coup with the loss, he added.
A farmer at Pakerhaat in Dinajpur told the FE that he has incurred loss for the last three rice cropping seasons. He also expressed his worries over price fall of the crop after achieving a bumper output this season.
However, market insiders of Rangpur region are predicting vibrant rice trading in Aman harvesting season this year.
Secretary of Dinajpur Zilla Rice Mills Owners' Association Shahidur Rahman Patwary Mohan said newly-harvested Aus paddy was selling at Tk 680-750 per maund.
Domestic production and import of the crop have decreased, which might help the farmers to get optimum prices for their produce in the Aman harvesting season, he opined.
Aman production reached an all-time-high of 13.48 million tonnes in the last FY, of which Rangpur division contributed nearly 24 per cent, according to DAE.