RANGPUR, Nov 29: The cultivation of different varieties of aromatic rice is gaining popularity among the farmers of Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.
Due to congenial weather condition and timely supply of necessary agri-inputs, the farmers of the region are optimistic about getting a bumper yield of the paddy this season.
According Department of agriculture Extension (DAE) farmers have cultivated different varieties of aromatic rice across the region this year, of which BRRI- dhan34, BR-5, Kalijira, Badshabhog, Zirakatari, Kataribhog, Chinigura, Uknimadhu and Basmati varieties are much popular among the cultivators.
DAE sources said farmers across the region are showing their interest in its large scale farming on account of growing demand and high prices.
Harvesting of almost all varieties is going on and growers are jubilant to achieve a good yield of the crop, sources also said. Farmers said medium and low lands are suitable for cultivation of aromatic rice. They also laid emphasis on availability of adequate seeds to enhance its farming to a great extent.
Joynal Miah, a farmer of Anderkota village of Mithapukur Upazila in Rangpur told The FE that he has been cultivating Kalijira and Uknimadhu variety of aromatic rice for the last several years and earning good profit which is encouraging to others.
A number of farmers including Razob Ali, Mohsin, Akmal Hossain, Hashem of Fatejangpur and Awaliapukur unions of Chirirbandar upazila in Dinajpur district said the upazila is famous for the cultivation of aromatic rice.
BRRI-dhan 34 aromatic rice has been cultivated abundantly in 12 unions under the upazila.
Due to good yield and higher market price in comparison with other varieties its farming on the rise across the upazila. Its farming is also playing a vital role in changing socio-economic condition of the peasants of the region.
DAE sources said this year around 9,800 hectares of land have been brought under BRRI dhan-34 farming in Chirirbandar Upazila and many farmers are farming it on commercial basis as well, sources added.
The sources said the prospect of aromatic rice farming is bright in the region. Its cultivation can be enhanced by utilising modern technologies.
Such varieties of aromatic rice have the potential to attract global markets as well, after meeting local demand, sources added.