NAOGAON, Sept 20: Farmers of all six unions under Sapahar Upazila of the district are expecting a bumper output of Aman paddy this season due to favourable weather, suitable soil and necessary technical help from the local agriculture department.
They have cultivated their Aman lands on large scale exceeding the official target of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) inspired by the last year's good profit from the cultivation.
DAE sources said the official target for Aman cultivation in the upazila was set at 15,000 hectares of land during the current season. But, the farmers have brought around 17,630 hectares of land under Aman farming exceeding the target.
Growers cultivated both high yielding and local varieties of the paddy, the sources further said.
Mojammel Haque, a farmer of village Shialmari under Sadar union, informed he has cultivated Aman paddy on two bighas of his land this season spending around Tk 9,000 and he is expecting Tk 6,000 to Tk 7,000 as profit from the produce.
Upazila agriculture officer Ataur Rahman said, "I am very much hopeful that the farmers of the upazila will get their desired crop and they may get handsome profit from their produce if the price of the crop remains fair till harvesting."
The DAE officials continue their support to the farmers to boost the production, he added.
Meanwhile, BSS adds: In Manikganj, farmers of the district are expecting a bumper production of Aman during the current season as the favourable weather prevailing in the area and presence of long time rainy season.
Abdur Rafik, one of the Aman cultivators of Ghior Upazila said he has cultivated five bighas of land during this season after harvesting the Boro and he is expecting a bumper production.
Like Rafik, Helal Uddin, Fazar Ali and Abdul Khalek said Aman need adequate water and this year there were the same all over the district. Moreover the lands which were inundated during the recent flood were silted with alluvial soil and that was helpful for producing good crops.
Some cultivators planted the saplings for the second time as the first planted Aman was washed away by the flood water.
Sources from the Department of Agriculture Extension said the farmers cultivated Aman on 29,000 hectare land during the current season in seven upazilas of the district.
Deputy Director of DAE M Alimuzzaman Miah said all necessary inputs like seeds, fertilizers and insecticides were supplied to the cultivators in due time and training for good cultivation and use of insecticides.
He also said the cultivators of the district cultivate Aman in their land after harvesting Boro as an additional crop.
Besides, our Gopalganj correspondent adds: Cultivation of Trans-plantation Aman (T-Aman) paddy has begun in full swing in the district.
The DAE said the department has set a target to cultivate the paddy on about 10,008 hectares of land with a production target of 15,000 tonnes this year.
Kalu Sheikh (55) of village Bedgram under Sadar Upazila, said the growers are now busy preparing seedbeds and fields of T-Aman.
Samir Kumar Goshwami, deputy director (Agri-culture), Gopalganj, said DAE has already supplied fertilisers, pesticides and other inputs to increase the output of paddy.
BADC also distributed high quality seeds among the farmers, he said adding, field-level agri-officials are also providing necessary suggestions to the farmers.
The cultivators were provided knowledge on latest agricultural technology for better output, the official further said.
Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) and other commercial banks distribute short-term loans to the growers for cultivating Aman paddy.