|Published : 13 Mar 2017, 21:16:58 | Updated : 13 Mar 2017, 21:18:19|
Perching method reduces Boro production cost in Bogra
Nilphamari growers eye bumper paddy yield
BOGRA, Mar 13: The Boro cultivators of the district are saving money applying primitive perching method this season.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said farmers of all 12 upazilas have brought around 0.2 million hectares of land under Boro cultivation. They are saving Tk 800 to Tk 1000 through using the method in their croplands including vast char area of Bangalee, Jamuna, and Nagore rivers.
A good number of farmers said they get good yield every year applying the traditional method both in vegetable and paddy fields.
The growers use the method in their croplands to protect the paddy saplings from the attack of harmful pest instead of spaying insecticide.
The DAE officials of all 78 unions of the district also motivate the root-level farmers to use perching method, said farmer Abdul Wadud of Delunja village under Adamdighi upazila.
He said he has erected bamboo poles in his paddy field at a particular distance. In search of food, birds perch on the poles and eat the pests.
Sub Assistant Agriculture Officer of Sadar upazila Faridur Rahman said earlier the farmers used to spend around Tk 500 to Tk 1000 for buying insecticide to use it on per bigha of paddy field. Now, they save a good amount of money through using the method, he added.
Our Nilphamari Correspondent adds: Boro growers of the district are expecting a bumper production this season.
Sources said farmers are now busy in weeding and nursing the tender plants. Besides, irrigation cost is also an important concern for them.
Shahidul Islam, farmer of Ketkibari union parishod (UP) under Domar upazila, said it needs six time irrigation to cultivate Boro paddy and irrigation cost of each time in each Bigha (30 decimal) of land is Tk 500 or beyond.
"There is no shortage of fertiliser and insecticide in the area. If climatic condition remains favourable a satisfactory production of Boro will be achieved.
DAE sources said 79,443 hectares of land have been brought under the farming of Boro to produce 3,29,671 tonnes of output.