Farmers miss revised target of Aus cultivation in Sylhet div

Dhaka,  Wed,  26 July 2017
Published : 08 Jul 2017, 21:24:23
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Farmers miss revised target of Aus cultivation in Sylhet div

Our Correspondent

SYLHET, July 8: Although the farming of Aus paddy in greater Sylhet region was raised this season, it remained a little behind the revised target, set by the DAE, sources informed.

Additional Director of the DAE, Sylhet division Md. Altabur Rahman told this correspondent that the DAE had revised the division's target from 133,028 hectares to 176,919 hectares for the season in a bid to recoup the loss of Boro paddy due the repeated and early floods this year.

Most of the target is achieved as the total cultivated area stood at 170, 782 hectares.

The farmers completed farming on 64,825 hectares of land against the target of 67,509 hectares in Sylhet, 48,337 hectares in Moulvibazar against a target of 51,450 hectares while 45,120 hectares in Habiganj against 46,435 hectares. However it is 12,500 hectares in Sunamganj district, having a target of 11,525 hectares.

In the last year's Kharif-1 season Aus paddy was cultivated on 134,024 hectares of land in 4 districts of the division.

Under the incentive distribution programme for 28,800 poor and marginal farmers against the last year's 25,700 in 28 upazilas of 4 districts had been completed. Each of the farmers is getting the assistance for one bigha land. It would help farming on 28,800 bighas of land. Each of the farmers was given seeds and fertilisers free of cost. The incentive programme cost stood at Tk 35.9 million.  

Of the total, 9300 listed marginal farmers are in Sylhet, 8800 in Moulvibazar and 10,700 are in the district of Habiganj. Upazila level committees, headed by the Upazila Nirbahi Officers distributed the incentives.

However, about 5,000 hectares are affected by the floods in Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Sunamganj districts yet, the harvest would be a better one compared to the last year's said the official Friday.

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