Cultivation of BRRI Dhan33, a variety of short duration paddy, is gradually getting popular among the farmers of the Rangpur agriculture region.
This paddy has been playing important role in combating 'monga' (seasonal job-less situation) in the region in recent years.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Rangpur, sources said BRRI Dhan33 was cultivated on around 9,118 hectares of land in five districts under the zone this year.
Presently, harvesting of the paddy is going on across the region and the farmers have become ecstatic to witness a good yield of the variety of paddy which has encouraged them to cultivate it in next season on a large scale.
DAE sources said it takes only 90 to 100 days from cultivation to harvest, which is about one month less 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 maize, potato, mustard, lentil and some other early varieties of Robi crops, sources further said.
Nazmul, a farmer of Nabdiganj village under Pirgachha Upazila, said he cultivated the paddy variety on two bighas of land and achieved a good yield. After completing harvest of the paddy, he is now taking preparation for farming early variety of potato on the same land.
Seeing his success many other farmers have also shown their interest in its cultivation, he added.
DAE official sources said the department in collaboration with several NGOs has been assisting the farmers in expanding the cultivation of the paddy to combat 'monga' which usually occurs during the Bengali month of Ashwin and Kartik.
Our Bogra Correspondent adds: Cultivators of the district is expecting a bumper production of T-Aman paddy this season. They are now engaged in nurturing their paddy fields to achieve a desired output.
Sources from the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said farmers here are cultivating the paddy variety on around 0.2 million hectares of land.
The Barind Multipurpose Development Authorities (BMDA) is ready to provide supplementary irrigation if required. In addition, the farmers are keeping thousands of their shallow tubewells ready for irrigation if any drought situation begins during the farming period of the major cereal crop, sources said.
Saiful Islam, a farmer of Gunaher village under Dupchanchia Upazila, said he is not facing any problem in cultivating T-Aman this season. He said frequent seasonal rainfall helps him a lot in this regard.
DAE official said the department has supplied quality seeds, adequate fertilisers and pesticides and other agriculture inputs among the farmers. Besides, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank and other commercial banks, local NGOs in the region distribute short-term loan to the farmers of the district for cultivation of the paddy.