Excellent parija rice output brings smile for farmers

Excellent parija rice output brings smile for farmers

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Agriculture experts at a crop cutting ceremony have said the farmers are very happy to get excellent output of the off-season, short duration and indigenous parija rice as an additional Aus crop this season.RDRS Bangladesh, a reputed NGO, organised the crop cutting ceremony of parija rice at a farmers’ field day in village Khoragachh under Sadar upazila in Lalmonirhat on Wednesday afternoon.Presided over by Lalmonirhat Programme Coordinator (Field Coordination) of the NGO Mayedul Islam, Regional Additional Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Mohammad Mohsin attended the ceremony as the chief guest.
Deputy Director (Headquarters) of DAE Rangpur Rafikul Islam, its Deputy Director for Lalmonirhat Shafayet Hossain, journalist Shafikul Islam Kanu and Project Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Rashedul Islam attended as the special guests.Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Emdadul Haque, Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Ranbeer Sarker, Senior Social Development Officer of RDRS Bangladesh Zulfiqar Ali, its Technical Officer Saiful Islam also spoke.Moderated by Senior Women Rights Officer of RDRS Bangladesh, the field day participated by male and female farmers, members of Union Federation, public representatives and local elite.After harvesting the crop, farmer of the village Israrul Islam got 14 mound of parija paddy per bigha of the short duration parija rice as an additional Aus crop.The speakers said farmers have cultivated parija rice, adopting the ‘early Aman rice-mustard-potato-mung bean-parija’ cropping pattern evolved by RDRS Bangladesh or after harvesting Aman-wheat-tobacco-maize to get four crops from same land annually.Like the previous years, RDRS Bangladesh has taken an extensive programme for cultivating the eco-friendly indigenous variety parija rice on 2,200 bigha lands involving 2,200 farmers as new beneficiaries of Rangpur division this season.Earlier, the NGO distributed 11,250 kg parija seed among these farmers under its core programme and Crop Intensification Project supported by Krishi Gobeshona Foundation and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agriculture University.
Under the programme, 1,500 farmers have cultivated parija rice, adopting the early Aman rice-mustard-potato-mung bean-parija cropping pattern evolved by RDRS Bangladesh while 750 others after harvesting Aman-wheat-tobacco-maize this season.Besides, some 8,000 farmers of Rangpur division, who started cultivation of parija rice since 2009 with the assistance of RDRS Bangladesh, have also expanded cultivation of the rice at their own efforts this season.
The chief guest suggested the farmers for expanding parija cultivation that requires no supplementary irrigation as its plants grow well making the best use of unused seasonal rain waters during the months of May, June and July to produce additional rice. –BSS, Rangpur

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