GAIBANDHA, Nov 23: Harvest of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) paddy, a high valued crop, has been progressing fast in the district for the last few days.
Office sources said the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) set a target to cultivate T-Aman paddy on a total of 84,371 hectares of land in the district this year with the production target of 2,22,767 tonnes of rice.
The cultivation target was fully achieved after blissful rainfall though the transplantation of Aman seedlings was hampered at the initial and middle stage of the season due to prevailing drought like situation.
Later, the target fixed by the department was exceeded and the paddy was farmed on 1, 24,105 of land hectares bringing more 39,734 hectares of land till September 15 by virtue of favorable climatic condition during the current season.
As the T-Aman paddy has ripened, the scenario of paddy field has turned into yellowish look from greenish one. The growers continued harvesting the crop amid much enthusiasm and are getting bumper production against the crop this season.
To make the cultivation programme a grand success, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation timely distributed high quality Aman seed to the farmers of the district at fair prices.
Besides, different state run commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank disbursed agri loans on easy terms to the poor and marginal farmers of the district to help them cultivate the T-Aman paddy on their land this season, sources said.
M. Amir Ali, an ideal farmer of Putimari area under Muktinagar union of Shaghata upazila in the district, said farmers' community was much happy as they were getting desired output and fair prices against the produce by selling it in the local markets this year.
Additional deputy director of DAE Showkat Osman said favorable climatic condition, proper distribution of high quality seed by BADC and timely supply of fertilizers and other agri inputs to the growers are the reasons for getting desired production of the crop.
Apart from this, DAE also provided training programmes to the farmers of the district for adopting modern technologies of paddy cultivation, crop management and preservation of quality seed, he also said.
Deputy director of DAE AKM Ruhul Amin said about 35 per cent harvest of the paddy had already been completed till November 23 and the rest would be finished here by December 20.
Meanwhile, our Magura correspondent adds: Aman growers of the district have achieved a bumper production of their crop this season.
Sources said farmers are also happy over the present market prices of the paddy variety. Aman paddy is now being sold at Tk 800 per maund in the markets.
The DAE, Magura, said a total of 58,265 hectares of land have brought under Aman cultivation this season with a production target of 174050 tonnes.
Badrul Hassan, a farmer of village Belnagar under Sadar Upazila, said, "I have brought three bighas of land under Aman cultivation this season and got a good yield. I have earned around Tk 30,000 from it while my production cost was Tk 14,000. So my net profit is of Tk 16,000."