Aus farming plays vital role in meeting rice demand in Bogra

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 02 Aug 2017, 22:11:54
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Aus farming plays vital role in meeting rice demand in Bogra

Our Correspondent

BOGRA, Aug 2: Aus farming is playing a vital role to boost adequate rice demand in all twelve upazilas of Bogra district every season adopting newer cropping pattern for food security amid adverse climate.

The farmers of Dupchanchia, Kahaloo, Adamdighi, Serpur, Sonatola, Sariakandi, Dhunot, Nandigram, Shibganj, sadar and Gabtoly upazilas of the district have already started harvesting the crops with enthusiasm from the last week of July. They are also getting average 15 maund of fresh paddy yield due to favourable weather condition and timely supply of necessary agri-input.

In a recent visit this correspondent found, a total ten per cent of the crops have been harvested across the region till Wednesday. Rest of the paddy will be cut within middle week of August as they will bring the same land under T-Aman cultivation. Each maund of newly harvested raw paddy is being sold from Tk 800 to 850 in the local markets.

"After getting repeated bumper productions in the previous years, some new beneficiary farmers have cultivated the eco-friendly Aus rice on 22075 hectares of lands with assistance of authority concern," said Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer Azizar Rahman of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Bogra office.

"I have  harvested Aus paddy on one bigha of land on Monday and got around 14 maund of fresh paddy spending Tk 3000 to pay labour and fartiliser cost," said farmer Amirul Islam,34, under Kahaloo upazila. He again said, "I sold all of them by Tk 11,200 in the local market and made Tk 8,200 as profit."

Farmers of the district have brought more 475 hectares of land under Aus farming than target by Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in this season with production 1,09,349 tonnes. They are thinking that the off-seasonal paddy will support them in the hard up time of the year.

Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Protul Chandra said, farmers cultivate Aus paddy in between late May and mid-August when the fields remain fallow after Boro harvest and before plantation of T-Aman seedlings. Its cultivation helps the poor and marginal farmers to pay T-Aman cultivation's cost, he added.

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