Boro seedlings transplantation continues in full swing

RANGPUR Transplantation of Boro rice seedlings

continues in full swing aiming at achieving the fixed farming target of the

crop in all five districts under Rangpur agriculture region this season.

Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said farmers

have already transplanted Boro rice seedling on 2.16-lakh hectares of land

which was 43 percent of the targeted 5.03-lakh hectares of land, in the

region by Wednesday.

With significant improvement in cold wave situation, transplantation of

Boro rice seedlings has got full momentum and continues smoothly, said

Agriculturist Md Moniruzzaman, deputy director of the DAE at its regional

office.

The tender Boro rice seedlings are growing superbly now amid excellent and

sunny climatic conditions in all five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha,

Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat of the region.

The farmers have prepared Boro rice seedbeds on 27,603 hectares of land

exceeding the fixed target on 23,201 hectares of land in the region, he

said, adding that there will be Boro rice seedling surplus this time.

The DAE has fixed a target of producing over 21.76-lakh tonnes of clean

Boro rice (32.64-lakh tonnes of paddy) from 5.03-lakh hectares of land of all

five districts under the region this season.

The DAE with agriculture-related departments and other organisations have

taken steps to ensure smooth irrigation, supply of fuels, fertilisers and

electricity and other facilities to the farmers to make the intensive Boro

rice farming programme successful.

Meanwhile, transplantation of Boro rice seedlings has already completed on

the low-lying lands, beels, haors, flood-prone and riverine areas where

farmers will complete its harvest before commencement of the next rainy

season.

The farmers have already put 2.16- lakh irrigation pumps, including power

and diesel driven 2,215 deep tube wells, 1.92-lakh shallow tube wells, 261

low lift pumps and 2,455 other pumps into operation for irrigating the Boro

rice fields in the region, he said.

The DAE has fixed a target of bringing 43,254 hectares of land under Boro

rice farming adopting the Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) irrigation

technology to enhance Boro rice yield at lower costs and reducing lifting of

underground water this time.

Talking to BSS, a number of farmers said they would achieve the fixed

target of Boro rice cultivation in the region.

Farmer Ariful Haque of Najirdigar village in Rangpur said he has already

completed transplantation of Boro rice seedlings on three acres of land, out

of his targeted five acres of land, by Wednesday.

Similarly, farmers Ramjan Mian, Jahurul Haque, Ariful Haque, Nuru Mandal

and Dabir Uddin of different villages in Rangpur said they are continuing

transplantation of Boro rice seedling on their crop lands.

Farmers Abdus Salam of Sarkerpara village in Sadar upazila of Nilphamari

and Yunus Ali of Machabandha village in Chilmari upazila of Kurigram said

they have completed transplantation of Boro rice seedlings.

Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Muhammad

Ali said transplantation of Boro rice seedlings continues in full swing in

the region and the process is expected to complete by mid-March to achieve

the fixed farming target of the crop.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)