Farmers of all districts under Rangpur region achieved a bumper production of Aus rice this season, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
The production of rice this season is 65,505 tonnes, which is 8,669 tonnes or 15.25 per cent more than the fixed target, said DAE sources, reports BSS.
The farmers cultivated the crop in 22,806 hectares of land, exceeding the target by 608 hectares. Recent flood damaged crops on more 1,055 hectares of land with an estimated cost of Tk 86.4 million, said Horticulture specialist of the DAE Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam.
"However, the farmers achieved bumper Aus rice production," Mesbahul added.
The farmers set the target to produce 7,254 tonnes of hybrid variety Aus rice from 4,087 hectares of land, 43,744 tonnes of high yielding variety Aus rice from 17,356 hectares and 981 tonnes of local variety Aus rice from 981 hectares of land this year.
Instead, they produced 17,282 tonnes of hybrid variety Aus rice from 4,802 hectares of land, 47,674 tonnes high yielding variety Aus rice from 16,590 hectares land and 549 tonnes local variety Aus rice from 359 hectares of land this season.
The farmers showed interest to produce more Aus this season because of steps taken by the government, including distribution of various subsidies, incentives and conducting motivational activities, said DAE sources.
"After completing Aus cultivation during the off-season after Boro harvests and before Aman transplantation, farmers have successfully cultivated Aman crop on the same land," Rangpur Regional Additional Director of the DAE Md Shah Alam said.
He said farming of Aus crop using unused seasonal rain waters should be increased during the off season as an additional and substitute cereal crop to costly Boro farming to increase rice production without hampering Aman cultivation. - IH