Dhaka, Bangladesh
T-Aman paddy farming progressing fast in Gaibandha

T-Aman paddy farming progressing fast in Gaibandha

Our Correspondent GAIBANDHA, Aug 9: Farming of T-Aman paddy, a high value crop, has been progressing fast in all the seven upazilas of the district since July amid much enthusiasm to the farmers. Office sources said Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set a target to bring a total of 1, 17,548 hectares of land under T-Aman paddy cultivation this year with the production target of 3,14,712 tonnes of rice. Of them, some 1,06,707 hectares of land would be cultivated HYV (high yield variety), 914 hectares hybrid and 9,928 hectares LV (local variety), sources said. The upazila wise break-up of the land to be cultivated is : 18,965 hectares of land in Sadar upazila, 114,370 in Sadullapur upazila, 13,504 in Palashbari upazila, 28,420 in Gobindaganj upazila, 26,770 in Sundarganj upazila, 10,990 in Saghata upazila and 4,530 in Fulchhari upazila. Meanwhile, as many as 71,500 hectares of land of the district were farmed T-Aman paddy till August 08 and the rest land would be brought under the farming with in August 30, said an official of the DAE. To bring the land under the farming of T-Aman paddy the farmers of the district have already prepared seedbed where the seedlings have grown well, he also said. Earlier, to make the farming programme a grand success, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) and its approved dealers distributed high quality Aman seed to the farmers of the district at fair prices. Besides, different state run commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) have taken initiatives to disburse agri loans on easy terms to the poor and marginal farmers to help them cultivate the T-Aman paddy on their land without economical hardship, said a bank official. In addition, DAE has been conducting training for the farmers for adopting modern technologies of paddy cultivation, crop management, judicious use of fertilizer and preservation of quality seed, said additional deputy director (Crop) M. Akteruzzaman. To ensure the production of T-Aman paddy in the district this year, the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has also kept its electricity run 505 deep tube wells fully ready to supply irrigation water to the Aman paddy field, if necessary, said executive engineer M. Azazul Islam. Talking to The News Today, acting deputy director of DAE M. Showkat Osman said necessary measures had been taken for availability of fertilizers, insecticides and other agriculture inputs at the grass root level of the district during the current Aman season.

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