RANGPUR, Oct 13: Farmers in five districts under Rangpur agriculture region are delighted as they are getting good yield of a short duration variety of paddy 'BINA dhan 7' during the current season.
Presently harvesting of the crop is going on in full swing across the region.
According to sources growers are showing their interest in farming the variety of paddy as it can be harvested within short time.
This variety of paddy has opened up a door of immense prospects of boosting rice production. It has also shown huge potential in addressing food security, sources added.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Rangpur, sources said BINA dhan7 was cultivated on around in 20,790 hectares of land this season in five districts under the zone. The districts are: Rangpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Gaibandha.
Hashem Ali, a farmer of Genarpara village under Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur told The Financial Express that he cultivated the paddy on 2 bighas of his land this year and is jubilant to witness a bumper yield of the crop. He also expressed satisfaction over present price of the paddy. At present per maund paddy is being sold at Tk 780 to Tk 800, he added.
Solaiman Mia, a farmer of Basuniapara village at Charaikhola union under Nilphamari Sadar Upazila, said he is happy with the production and market price. Last year he also got an excellent yield of the paddy, he added.
DAE official sources said it takes only 90 to 110 days from cultivation to harvest, which is about one month lesser than other varieties of T-Aman paddy. During the period between the harvest of the paddy and the cultivation of Boro, farmers can grow other crops like potato, mustard, maize and some other early Robi crops, sources added.
Our Sylhet Correspondent adds: Farmers of Sylhet Division are expecting a good output of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) this year to recoup the massive losses they had suffered during the last Boro season due floods.
Deputy director of DAE, Sylhet, Dr Mamun Ur Rashid said it is expected to achieve a bumper output of the paddy due to suitable weather condition. The plants are also getting sufficient rainwater this season which is a positive sign for the crop.
Against a target of 0.33 hectares of land, farmers have taken around 0.37 hectares of land under the paddy cultivation in four districts of the division, the official added.
Cultivators will harvest the crop in late November-December, the DD added.
Sources said the region had produced 0.83 tonnes of T-Aman paddy last year from 377, 315 hectares of land.