Farmers expect fair price as record Boro rice production likely

RANGPUR, The farmers are expecting an alltime

record production of Boro rice and fair price as harvest of the major cereal

crop just began this season everywhere in Rangpur agriculture region.

Talking to BSS, a number of farmers today expressed happiness over the

government announcement of official procurement of Boro paddy at Taka 26 per

kg and clean Boro rice at Taka 36 per kg from April 25 across the country.

Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said a bumper

production of Boro rice is expected as farmers already started its harvest

and are getting excellent yield rate after exceeding the fixed cultivation

target in the region.

The farmers have already harvested Boro rice on over 2,000 hectares of

land and the process will get momentum from next month, Horticulture

Specialist of the DAE at its regional office Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam told

BSS today.

The DAE has fixed a target of producing over 20.88lakh tonnes of clean

Boro rice (31.32lakh tonnes of paddy) from 4.97lakh hectares of land for

all five districts in the region this season.

However, farmers have finally brought over 5.09lakh hectares of land

under Boro rice farming, higher by 12,319 hectares or 2.48 percent than the

fixed cultivation target and the crop is growing superbly amid favourable

climatic condition, Islam said.

Of them, farmers have cultivated hybrid variety Boro rice on over 1.98

lakh hectares of land, high yielding variety on over 3.12lakh hectares and

local variety on 2,085 hectares of land this time in the region.

Regional Additional Director of DAE Mohammad Ali said the government has

taken adequate steps to ensure smooth irrigation, supply of fuels,

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

rice farming programme successful.

Smooth irrigation to Boro rice fields have been ensured by putting over

2.37lakh irrigation pumps, including 2,810 deep tubewells, over 2.33lakh

shallow tubewells, 570 lowlift pumps and 512 other pumps into operation in

the region, Ali added.

Besides, filed level subassistant agriculture officials, scientists,

researchers and experts are assisting farmers and providing them with latest

technologies to make the intensive Boro rice cultivation programme a success,

he added.

Talking to BSS, farmers Helal Mian, Ekramul Haque, Zaved Ali and Ariful

Haque of village Najirdigar and Manik Mian of village Darshona in Rangpur

Sadar said they have cultivated Boro rice on two to five acres of land each

this season.

They will begin harvesting of their cultivated Boro rice from the next

week and are expecting to get a bumper production of the crop with better

market price.

I have cultivated Boro rice on five acres of my lands using my

electricityrun own irrigation pump, said Haque hoping that he would get a

super bumper production of the crop this season.

The total farming costs of Boro rice, including labourcost for

harvesting of the crop, on my five acres of land may be around Taka 45,000 to

50,000 with Taka 9,000 to 10,000 per acre of land on an average for high

wages of the farmlabourers, he said.

If the climatic condition remains favourable during next five to six

weeks, Haque hoped to harvest 85 to 90 mounds of Boro crop in terms of paddy

per acre of land.

Though current market price of paddy stands at Taka 600 per mound, I

hope to earn better profit if I could sell my newly harvested Boro paddy to

purchasing centres at the government fixed rate of Taka 26 per kg (Taka 1,040

per mound), Haque added.

Similarly, farmers Abdul Kuddus, Mostaq Chowdhury, Abdul Kadir, Mohsin

Ali, Lutfar Rahman, Echhahaq Ali and Khalequzzaman of different villages

expressed firm hope of getting bumper Boro rice production with better price

this year.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)