RANGPUR Nov 27: Aman paddy harvesting has already gained momentum in the Rangpur agriculture zone this season.
Unlike previous year, the cultivators are overjoyed due to adequate yield and good prices of their crop this year, sources said.
Sources said during last few years the paddy growers of the region failed to get fair prices. They could not even recoup the production cost. But this year the scenario is different as the farmers have been getting fair prices of the paddy since the beginning of the harvesting session.
Presently per maund (40 kg) of paddy is being sold at Tk 720 to Tk 730 in local markets of the region which is expected to increase further, sources added.
According to the sources of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Rangpur, farmers of the five districts of the agri-region, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat, brought over 5,85,000 hectares of land under cultivation of Aman this season and gave their best efforts to attain expected output.
Sources said farmers did not face massive pest attack this season due to adequate preventive measures. The peasants also adopted some eco-friendly methods introduced by DAE such as 'Perching' and 'Light trap' to protect their paddy fields from pest attack and eventually witnessed significant success.
Expressing satisfaction over the expected yield and good prices, Mofakkharul Islam Bakul, a cultivator of Podaganj village under Mithapukur Upazila in Rangpur, said he has cultivated the paddy variety in three acres of land and 60 per cent harvesting is completed. As present market rate of the crop is good he is hopeful of making handsome profit.
DAE sources said the department has taken adequate measures to increase the production of the paddy across the region. It provided necessary agri-inputs and suggestions and also helped the farmers for proper utilisation of modern technologies.