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Flood tolerant paddy farming increases in Gaibandha
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Flood tolerant paddy farming increases in Gaibandha

Cultivation of flood tolerant paddies has increased in the district this year compared to the last year as the farmers are getting desired yield despite submerging the seedlings of the varieties for 10- 12 days.
Office sources said about 3,000 hectares of land in seven upazilas in the district have been brought under the farming of flood tolerant varieties like BRRI Dhan 51, BRRI Dhan 52 and BINA 11 during the current Aman season at the initiative of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and RDRS Bangladesh.The paddy has grown well in the field expecting a bumper production. Many of the farmers of the district have already started harvesting
the paddy with much enthusiasm.On Saturday, a field day on BRRI Dhan 52 cutting organized by Gobindaganj upazila agriculture office was held on the land of one farmer Mojammel Haque at Chalk Singhadanga village under Gobindaganj upazila in the afternoon.Deputy director (DD) of DAE Mir Abdur Razzak addressed the function as the chief guest and vice president of Gaibandha Press Club Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman was present as the special guest.
With upazila agriculture officer M. Khorshed Alam in the chair, the function was also addressed, among others, by upazila agriculture extension officer Dilruba Yasmin, sub assistant agriculture officer Homaira Begum and farmer Mojammel Haque.The agri experts in their speeches urged the farmers to farm flood tolerant paddy on the land of flood prone areas to avoid the losses and help the country achieve food security.The growers would not be affected economically if they cultivate the flood tolerant paddy as the seedlings of the varieties are not damaged after remaining under flood water at a stretch 10-12 days, they also said.DD of DAE Mir Abudur Razzak in his speech sought cooperation from journalists to disseminate the information of flood tolerant paddy farming so that the farmers could farm it on a larger scale in next seasons to earn economical profit.After cutting paddy, the farmer expressed his satisfaction over the output as some 5.04 metric tons of paddy were produced from a hectare of land.In reply to a question, DD of DAE Razzak said as many as 2,500 hectares of land were brought under the farming of flood tolerant paddy last year. –BSS, Gaibandha

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