Farmers commence Irri boro transplantation in Rajshahi division

RAJSHAHI Farmers have started seedlings

transplantation of Irri boro paddy of the current season amidst suitable

climatic condition everywhere in all eight districts under Rajshahi division.

Nurul Amin Siddiqui, a farmer of Karnahar village under Paba upazila in

the district, said he will cultivate the paddy on five bighas of land this

season. Farmers of the area are now very busy in seedling transplantation and

land preparations at present, he added.

Amin Siddique said the climatic condition is so far good and the farmers

have started their seedling transplantation in full swing taking advantage of

the favourable weather.

Lokman Hossain, another farmer in Mohadevpur upazila, said he has

already transplanted seedlings on two bighas of land this season and he will

transplant the same on six more bighas within a shortest possible time.

Abul Kashem, a farmer of Mayamari village under Niamatpur upazila, said

he had made seedbeds on 25 decimals of land for cultivating paddy on 18

bighas of land this season. He is now very much glad of starting the

transplantation of seedlings.

Meanwhile, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set target of

producing around 34.30 lakh tonnes of Irri boro rice from 8.08 lakh hectares

of land in all eight districts under the division during the current season.

Deb Dulal Dhali, Additional Director of DAE, said target has been set to

produce 31.57 lakh tonnes of high yielding varieties rice from 7.51 lakh

hectares, 2.65 lakh tonnes of hybrid varieties of rice from 52,910 hectares

and 7,729 tonnes of local varieties of rice from 3,840 hectares of land.

He said steps have been taken to ensure smooth Boro rice cultivation

this season. The farming is going on in full swing across the region as they

are optimistic of harvesting the crop early.

Regional office of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has taken

diversified steps including farmers training, projection plot and supplying

of the newly developed high yielding varieties among the growers to make the

irri boro farming a total success.

BRRI has developed 14 Boro varieties of paddy which are appropriate for

Rajshahi region including its vast Barind tract, said Dr Aminul Islam, Chief

Scientific Officer of BRRI.

Of those, Brridhan50 is export oriented premium quality rice, Brridhan58

is comparatively high yielding and Brridhan84 is iron and zinc enriched, he

added.

Dr Islam said the field level agriculture related officials, researchers

and scientists are reaching the developed varieties to the farmers doorsteps

so that they can boost the boro paddy yield after the best uses of the

varieties.

The conventional varieties are being replaced by modern varieties which

are good signs for the region in terms of boosting yield, he said.

Dr Aminul Islam said there is no way but to enhance the rice production

through facing the existing challenges of adverse impact of climate change

side by side with gradually declining of resources and agriculture manpower.

Abdullah Heel Kafi, Regional Agriculture Information Officer, said the

DAE and other agriculture related organisations, Barind Multipurpose

Development Authority, Power Development Board and Rural Electrification

Board are ensuring irrigation, smooth supply of seed, fertilisers and

electricity to the farmers to ensure smooth Boro paddy cultivation.

Kafi expected that the farmers would largely adopt conservation

agriculture technologies in farming Boro paddy to increase its output

reducing lifting of underground water, saving electricity and improving the

environment.

He added that the farmers were imparted training on how to adopt

conservation agriculture technologies like Alternate Drying and Wetting

irrigation method at a larger scale while farming Boro paddy to save

irrigation water for increasing Boro paddy output at reduced costs.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)