Farmers of all the seven upazilas in the district are expecting a bumper production of Boro paddy during the current season.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources said a total of 1,25,325 hectares of land have been brought under the cultivation in the area with the production target of 5,04,425 tonnes of rice this year.
Of the total, some 19,630 hectares were brought under the cultivation programme in Sadar upazila, 14,925 in Sadullapur, 12,775 in Palashbari, 30,550 in Gobindaganj, 24,100 in Sundarganj, 15,050 in Shaghata and 8,295 in Fhulchhari upazila.
Crops production specialist of DAE Golam Mostafa said favorable climatic condition, proper distribution of high quality seed of BADC and BMDA and timely supply of electricity, fertilisers and other agri inputs to the growers are the main reasons behind the expectation.
To make the cultivation programme a grand success and to bring all arable land under this programme, the commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank disbursed soft loan to the poor and the marginal farmers during the season.
While visiting some areas of the district the correspondent of the national news agency found that the early variety of Boro paddy including BIRI-28 has started ripening.
Momtaz Ail Bepari, a farmer of Sreepur union of Sundarganj upazila, said he cultivated Boro paddy on 25 bighas of land this year and expected a bumper production of Boro paddy as it grew very well on the land.
DAE deputy director Mir Abdur Razzak said the harvest of the paddy would start in the district very soon. -BSS
Boro paddy output in 12 upazilas in Rangpur (agricultural) region will fall drastically due to the lack of irrigation under the Teesta Barrage Project during the current season, observed farmers and officials.
About 65,000-hectare land was cultivated for the dry-season (Boro) paddy in 12 upazilas in Rangpur, Nilphamari and Dinajpur districts under the Teesta Barrage Project, but the paddy output may fall far behind the 2,52,000-tonne-target due to lack of irrigation, they noted.
Abdur Razzak, a farmer of Gangachara Upazila in Rangpur, cultivated Boro paddy on 3 bighas (one bigha = 33 decimal) land in this season instead of 8 bighas he cultivated in the last season, because there was an uncertainty over getting the water from the Teesta Barrage Project.
Even after reducing the cultivation area, the farmers are not getting sufficient water for irrigation, he alleged.
An official of the Teesta Barrage Project, preferring anonymity, admitted that the land brought under the project did not get the water needed for the paddy cultivation this season.
For the cultivation of paddy in the dry (Boro) season, growers in the area usually depend on the water made available by the Teesta Barrage Project, but a very low water flow has been recorded at the barrage area, the official added.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) executive engineer at Dalia station, Mahbubar Rahman, said that to compensate the farmers who couldn’t irrigate their land for lack of water, they have decided to ration out some food grains to the farmers.
Sources of the Water Development Board said at least 8000 cusecs (cubic metre per second) water flow is required to operate the project, whereas the flow has reduced to 400-500 cusecs between February and March this year.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) deputy director (Rangpur Region) Firoz Ahmed said that the production of Boro paddy is likely to decline for want of irrigation this season. -UNB