|Published : 24 Nov 2016, 21:17:28|
T-Aman harvest starts in Nilphamari
NILPHAMARI, Nov 24: Harvest of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) paddy is going on in full swing in the district. Farmers across six upazilas of the district are now very busy harvesting their crops. They are in a hurry to do so as they will have to cultivate Boro paddy on the same land.
Farmers of the district are very delighted as they are expecting bumper production and the price is also very high this year in comparison to that of last year.
In the meantime, newly-harvested Aman paddy has arrived in the markets of the district. The price is nearly Tk 1,000 per maund (40 kg). Farmers said they would be able to recoup the loss that they sustained by cultivating Aman last year.
When contacted, Taleb Ali, a farmer of Itakhola Union under Sadar Upazila said he had cultivated Aman on two acres of land and he was expecting 100 maunds of crops. He said his total cultivation cost was Tk 30,000 and he was expecting to sell the produce at Tk 0.1 million at the existing market price.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources said production of Aman would reach nearly 20 maunds per bigha (30 decimals) on an average as favourable climatic condition prevailed throughout the whole season.
However, farmers were facing an acute shortage of farm labourers this year and Tk 400 was needed per day for hiring a labourer to harvest the crop.
DAE sources added this year the target of Aman cultivation in the district was 106, 814 hectares of land and the production target was fixed at 291,474 tonnes out of which hybrid was cultivated on 4, 483 hectares of land, Upshi on101437 hectares of land and local variety on 894 hectares of land.