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Perching method in Aman filed gains popularity in Gaibandha

Perching method in Aman filed gains popularity in Gaibandha

Perching method has gained much popularity among farmers of the district in recent years as the technology is playing significant roles in protecting the paddy field from pest attacks.
Office sources said indiscriminate use of toxic is threatening the ecology as some indigenous species of fish including many common birds have already become extinct while many others are on the verge of extinction. In this context, filed level sub assistant agriculture officers of the
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) started motivational programmme for the farmers to apply the method on paddy filed.As per their motivations, farmers erected bamboo poles in their paddy field at a particular distance. In search of food, birds perch on the poles and eat pests those are usually harmful for the plants.Most of the farmers have already learned how to protect their paddyfield and save money using the effective natural method, said SAAO Mokbul Hossain of Kamarjani Union of Sadar Upazila.Abdur Razzak Miah, a farmer of Thakurer Dhighi area under Kholhati union of Sadar upazila, said earlier, farmers of the village spend about Taka 300 for buying insecticides to use it on per bigha of paddy field.At present, farmers using the method save their paddy field from pest attack, said Amir Ali, another farmer of Putimari Villager under
Muktinagar Union of Shaghat Upazila.Talking to the BSS deputy director of DAE Mir Abdur Razzak said the department undertook the programme to popularize the method among the
farmers a few years back so that the farmers could produce paddy  without using insecticides.
We are trying our best to bring all the paddy field of the district under perching method during the current season through motivating farmers to produce Aman paddy without using insecticides, he added.Office sources said the department set a target to cultivate T-Aman paddy on a total of 1,18,649 hectares of land in seven upazilas of the district during the current season with the production target of 3,01,077 tonnes of rice.Later, the target fixed by the department was exceeded and finally as many as 1,27,200 hectares of land were brought under T-Aman paddy cultivation successfully expecting bumper production, the sources
said. -BSS, Gaibandha