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Short duration paddy harvest begins in northern districts

Short duration paddy harvest begins in northern districts

The farmers have started harvest of the short duration paddies at this peak hour of the seasonal lean period creating jobs for the farm-labourers almost everywhere in the northern region, official sources said.
The harvest will continue throughout the lean period during Aswin and Kartik months to assist the poor including farm-labourers in overcoming the seasonal ‘monga’ that has already disappeared from the region five years back.
Large-scale farming of short duration paddies has already become popular in the northern districts bringing a revolutionary success in combating ‘monga’ fulfilling another pre-election pledge of the present government. Executive Director of the Rangpur-base Northbengal Institutive of Development Studies Dr Syed Samsuzzaman said there is no monga for the fifth consecutive time this season following expanded farming of short duration paddies with early harvest and the government’s huge social safety net programmes.
Harvesting of these early and short duration paddies and farming of the subsequent early variety potato and vegetables in the same land will create some 50 lakh man-days working opportunities for the farm and day-labourers during the lean period.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, the farmers are getting excellent yield rate of 4.8 tonnes paddy per hectare on an average at the beginning of the harvesting period.
The farmers have cultivated short duration paddies in 1,72,690 hectares land this season in the northern districts and they will cultivate the subsequent early variety potato and vegetables in the same land after completing harvest by the next month.
Of them, they have cultivated the short duration variety BINA dhan 7 in 1,18,780 hectares land, BRRI dhan 33 in 26,822 hectares, BRRI dhan 39 in 25,898 hectares, BRRI dhan 56 in 710 hectares, BRRI dhan 57 in 97 hectares, BRRI dhan 46 in 383 hectares and different short duration hybrid variety paddies in 11,469 hectares land this season.
Farmers Shachindra Nath, Abdur Rahman and Tayebur Rahman of Gangachara upazila in Rangpur this time got 4.8 tonne paddy per hectare BRRI dhan 33 after harvesting and they got 4.6 tonne yield rate last year. Farmers Kochim Uddin got 5.6 tonne paddy per hectare BINA dhan 7, Nosim Uddin, Nur Alam, Alamgir and Abul Kalam got average yields of 6 tonnes per hectare in Ramchandrapur village of Rangpur.
Renowned rice scientist and Associate Director Agriculture of BRAC International (South Asia and Africa) Dr M A Mazid said expanded farming of short duration paddies has brought revolutionary success incombating monga in recent years.
Rangpur Regional Additional Director of the DAE Sikander Ali said farmers are getting more profits through cultivation of short duration paddies followed by farming of early variety winter vegetables, potato, mug, maize, mustard etc increasing crop intensity and reducing risks of natural calamities. –BSS, Rangpur