Harvest of T-Aman paddy progressing fast in Gaibandha

Harvest of T-Aman paddy progressing fast in Gaibandha

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Harvest of transplanted (T) Aman paddy, a high valued crop, has been progressing fast in all seven upazilas of the district.Official sources said, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) had set a target to cultivate T-Aman paddy on a total of 1,21,259 hectares of land in the district this year with the production target of 3,13,475 tonnes of rice. The cultivation target was fully achieved after blissful rainfall though the transplantation of Aman seedslings was hampered at the initial stage of the season due to prevailing drought like situation.Later, the target fixed by the department was exceeded bringing more 6,751 hectares of land under the cultivation due to favorable climatic condition during the season The growers have continued harvesting the crop amid much enthusiasm and are getting bumper production against the crop this season.To make the cultivation programme a success, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) distributed high quality Aman seeds to the farmers of the district at fair prices.Besides, different state run commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank disbursed agri loans on easy terms to the poor and marginal farmers of the district to help them cultivate the T-Aman paddy on their land.District training officer of DAE M Aminul Islam said favorable climatic condition, proper distribution of high quality seeds by BADC and BMDA and timely supply of fertilizers and other agri inputs to the growers are the reasons for getting desired production of the crop.Apart from this, DAE also provided training programmes to the farmers of the district for adopting modern technologies of paddy cultivation, crop management and preservation of quality seeds, he said.M. Amir Ali, an ideal farmer of Putimari area under Muktinagar union of Shaghata upazila , said farmers’ community was much happy as they were getting desired output and fair prices against the produce by selling it in the local markets this year compared to last year.Deputy director of DAE Mir Abdur Razzak said 85 percent harvest of the paddy had already been completed and the rest would be finished by next week. -BSS, Gaibandha

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