Aus harvest starts in Sylhet

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 03 Aug 2017, 21:02:20
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Aus harvest starts in Sylhet

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SYLHET, Aug 03: Harvest of Aus paddy has already begun in greater Sylhet region. So far crops on a total of 30,124 hectares have been harvested, official sources informed on Thursday.

Although the recent floods had damaged Aus paddy on about 5,000 hectares in Sylhet division, the farmers are getting a good harvest this time.

 The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials also said so far 11,187 hectares were harvested in Sylhet, 10,690 hectares in Moulvibazar, 4512 hectares in Habiganj and 3735 hecatres in the district of Sunamganj. However in many areas harvest would be started in full swing in a week.

 Although the Aus farming in the region was raised this season it remained a little behind the revised target, set by the DAE, officials informed.

It may be stated 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.

Much of the target was achieved with the total cultivated area stood at 170, 782 hectares.

The cultivated area includes 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 hecatres in Habiganj against 46,435 hectares. However it is 12,500 hectares in Sunamganj district, having a target of 11,525 hectares.

Last year Aus paddy was cultivated on 134,024 hectares of land in 4 districts of the division.

This year 28,800 poor and marginal farmers against the last year's 25,700 in 28 upazilas of 4 districts were given incentives. Each of the farmers got the assistance for one bigha of land. It helped farming on 28,800 bighas of land. Each of the farmers was given seeds and fertilizers free of cost. The incentive programme cost stood at taka 35.9 million.  

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