Harvest of short duration paddies completed in N-dists

Harvest of short duration paddies completed in N-dists

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The farmers have completed harvest of the short duration Aman paddies in the northern districts to get bumper production combating the seasonal lean period of Aswin and Kartik months this year, experts and officials said.
The harvest began from the last week of September and continued till November 1 last throughout the peak hour of the seasonal lean period creating adequate jobs for the poorer section people and farm-labourers.Officials in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said the farmers have got excellent yield rate of 4.5 tonnes paddy per hectare on average after completing harvest this season.Harvest of these short duration paddies and farming of the subsequent early variety potato and other vegetables in the same land created about 50 lakh man-days working opportunities for the farm-and day-labourers during this lean period.Creation of the huge farm activities helped the jobless farm- and day-labourers and distressed people including women successfully tackling the seasonal lean period getting adequate jobs in the crop fields.Meanwhile, the newly harvested short duration variety BINA dhan 7,BRRI dhan 33, BRRI dhan 39, BRRI dhan 56, BRRI dhan 57, BRRI dhan 46 and other short duration hybrid variety rice has already appeared in the local markets.According to the DAE sources, the farmers had cultivated these short duration paddies in 1,72,690 hectares land this season in the northern districts.Talking to BSS, farmers Lokman Hossain, Arifur Rahman, Abidur Rahman, Kalam Hosain, Shachindra Nath, Halimuzzaman and Kafil Uddin said they got 4.8 tonnes paddy per hectare on an average after harvesting of these short duration paddies this year.
Renowned rice scientist and Associate Director Agriculture of BRAC International (South Asia and Africa) Dr M A Mazid said expanded farming of short duration Aman paddies has brought revolutionary success in combating ‘monga’ in recent years.Executive Director of Northbengal Institutive of Development Studies Dr Syed Samsuzzaman said early harvest of the short duration paddies assisted the poor in overcoming the seasonal ‘monga’ that has already disappeared five years back.Head of Programme Coordination of RDRS Bangladesh Monjusree Saha said farming of short duration paddies has already become popular bringing a revolutionary success in combating ‘monga’ fulfilling another pre-election pledge of the present government.
“There is no monga for the fifth consecutive time this season following expanded farming of short duration paddies with early harvest side by side with the government’s massive social safety net programmes in the northern districts,” she added.Additional Director of the DAE Sikander Ali said the farmers are getting more profits through farming shot duration paddies and subsequent cultivation of early winter vegetables, potato, mug, maize, mustard etc in the same land increasing crop intensity. -BSS, Rangpur

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