RDRS Bangladesh, a reputed NGO, has taken a massive programme for cultivation of the off- season, eco-friendly, short duration and indigenous variety parija rice everywhere in Rangpur division this season.
The NGO has already completed distribution of 16,500 kg parija seeds among 3,300 farmers to bring 3,300 bighas land under its cultivation in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Thakurgaon, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Dinajpur and Panchagarh districts.
Talking to BSS today, Agriculture and Environment Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid said the farmers have been nearing completion of preparing parija seedbeds now to begin the seedling transplantation from the next month.
Of the 3,300 farmers, 1,900 farmers have been cultivating parija as an additional Aus crop this season adopting the early Aman rice-mustard-mug bean-parija evolved by RDRS Bangladesh several years back.
“We have taken an expanded programme for farming of the paddy as Aus crop during the off season period between Boro and Aman cultivations as part of its efforts to adapt with climate change impacts for keeping agri-productions increasing,” he said.
Each of the beneficiary farmers has been cultivating parija rice in one bigha land using low-cost and latest technologies using the supplied 16,500 kg seeds by RDRS Bangladesh along with necessary training and supports this time, he added.
Consultant of IRRI Bangladesh Dr MG Neogi said cultivation of parija rice requires no supplementary irrigation as its plants grow superbly using seasonal rainfalls ensuring best use of the unused rain waters in May, June and in July months.
Parija can be harvested in only 75 days with 3.5 tonnes average yield rate per hectare after transplantation during the off season between late May and mid-August when fields remain fallow after Boro harvest and before plantation of T-Aman seedlings, he said.
Citing statistics, he said there are 35 lakh hectares suitable land in Bangladesh for farming parija to produce additional 90 lakh tonnes of the cereal crop annually for ensuring national food security despite adverse climate change impacts.
According to the farmers, harvest of parija is being completed by August 15 without facing floods in recent years paving way for transplantation of Aman seedlings timely to get three paddy harvests annually in the same land to ensure food security. –BSS, Rangpur