Boro production suffers setback in Nilphamari

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Published : 16 May 2017, 21:30:18
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Boro production suffers setback in Nilphamari

Our Correspondent


NILPHAMARI, May 16: Harvesting of Boro is going on in Nilphamari district. While Department of Agriculture Extension's (DAE) targeted production of 329671 tonnes of Boro in this season in the district, it seems to suffer setback as overall production situation is very bleak.

The Boro farmers of the district, particularly those who cultivated BR-28 variety, has to sustain loss as this variety of paddy was severely affected by neck blast and some other diseases. Nearly 80 percent cropland of this variety paddy has been destroyed and the sheaves did not contain grain there. The farmer used insecticide repeatedly as advised by the official of DAE but it was not fruitful.

While contacted, Abdur Rahman a Boro farmer Ketkibari Union Parishod (UP) of Domar Upazila, said he cultivated BR-28 in one bigha (30 decimal) of land which he harvested recently and the production was only five maunds. However he said the production of others varieties of paddy is almost normal.

While contacted Abdus Salam another farmer of Itakhola UP of Sadar Upazila said he cultivated BR-28 in two bigha of land where his total production was 12 maunds. He said he would have to maintain his family by purchasing rice in the market as the production is very negligible.

While contacted Azmal Hossain, one Block Supervisor (BS) of DAE posted in Itakhola UP, said BR-28 variety was cultivated in nearly 10000 hectares of land across the district where average production is less than 20 per cent.

However price of newly harvested paddy is very high in the markets. At present one maund (40 kg) of paddy is being sold at a price o Tk 800 in the markets.

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