Aman rice production may exceed target by 2 lakh tonnes

Aman rice production may exceed target by 2 lakh tonnes

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The overall production of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice may exceed the fixed production target by two-lakh tonnes this season in the
northern region, officials and experts predicted Monday.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, the government has fixed a target of producing 46.07 lakh tonnes Aman rice from over 17.46 lakh hectares land this season for the northern region.The farmers have finally cultivated the major cereal crop in over 18.22 lakh hectares land exceeding the fixed farming target by 75,915 hectares or 4.34 per cent in the region this season. “The crop grows excellent amid favourable climatic condition and its harvest would get momentum from the next month to yield an expected bumper production,” Horticulture Specialist Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam of the DAE said.Meanwhile, farmers have mostly completed harvest of the early and short duration variety T-Aman paddies like BRRI dhan 33, BRRI dhan 39, BRRI dhan 56 and 57, BINA dhan 7 and BU dhan 1 cultivated in 1,72,930 hectares land this time in the region.As a result of exceeding the fixed farming target, the overall T-Aman rice production might cross 48 lakh tonnes, two lakh tonnes higher
than the fixed production target in the region this season,” Mesbahul added.As per the fixed farming target, over 16.03 lakh hectares of land were
to be brought under cultivation of high yielding variety T-Aman to produce over 43.50 lakh tonnes rice, 1.26 lakh hectares under local variety to produce over 2.02 lakh tonnes rice and 16,327 hectares under hybrid variety to produce 54,090 tonnes Aman rice.However, farmers have finally brought over 16.88 lakh hectares of land under cultivation of high yielding variety, 1.16 lakh hectares under local variety and 17,654 hectares under hybrid variety T-Aman farming this time in the region.Deputy Director of the DAE Feroz Ahmed said the T-Aman plants grew superbly this time and no major incident of pests’ attacks has so far been reported from anywhere.Farmers Lokman Hossain, Jahangir Alam, Samir Kumar and Haradhon Das
said they are expecting to start harvesting their T-Aman crop from the second week of November next to get bumper production.Farmers Hasibur Rahman, Sunil Kumar and Babul Hossain said they have already completed harvesting short duration T-Aman paddies like BRRI dhan 33, BRRI dhan 39, BRRI dhan 56 and 57, BINA dhan 7 and BU dhan 1 and got excellent production.Regional Additional Director of the DAE Sikander Ali told BSS that the
farmers would get bumper T-Aman rice production this season if the climactic conditions remain favourable till end of the harvest by December next. -BSS, Rangpur

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