SYLHET, Sept 22: Farmers of Sylhet region have completed harvest of Aus paddy, official sources said, adding, the yield is good as there had been a favourable weather during the whole season.
About 137,629 hectares of land were brought under Aus cultivation this season against the target of 137,170 hectares, DAE Deputy Director Dr Mamun Ur Rashid said.
Although flash floods had damaged some crop in parts of Sylhet and Sunamganj districts, the division's target of yield has been achieved, the official said. The final report of total output would be available in a week, he added.
The total cultivated area includes 47,415 hectares in Sylhet, 43,597 hectares in Moulvibazar and 39,930 hectares in Habiganj districts, while 6687 hectares were cultivated in Sunamganj.
Of the total 133,228 hectares were under different high yielding varieties and the local varieties were cultivated on 3,493 hectares, the official further said.
Besides, hybrid varieties of Aus were cultivated on 100 hectares in Moulvibazar district only.
Under the targeted programme, 361,000 tonnes of rice is expected to be produced in the division against the last year's 349,233 tonnes. This year's production target include, 119,800 tonnes in Sylhet, 118,800 tonnes in Moulvibazar, 106,400 tonnes in Habiganj and 16,500 tonnes in Sunamganj.
On the other hand, 25,700 selected farmers at 234 unions in 28 upazilas of Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Habiganj districts were covered under incentive programme. They were supplied HYV seeds and fertilisers and other expenses for Aus farming.
Moreover, 2700 farmers were supplied with Nerika variety seeds and 40 kgs of fertilisers for one bigha land each free of cost. The Nerika paddy farming incentive programme had cost another Tk 5.21 million.