CHUADANGA, Apr 30: The farmers in four upazilas - Sadar, Alamdanga, Damurhuda, and Jibannagar of the district are expecting a bumper production of Boro paddy this season. Meanwhile, harvesting of the crop has already started which will continue till the first week of May.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources said a total of 33,396 hectares of land in the four upazilas have been brought under Boro paddy cultivation this season, and the production target has been fixed at 1,33,584 metric tons of paddy.
Of those, 6,580 hectares have been cultivated in Chuadanga Sadar, 12,660 hectares in Alamdanga, 8,356 hectares in Damurhuda, and 5,800 hectares in Jibannagar upazila.
Farmers informed they are getting around 20 to 22 maunds of paddy from per bigha of land this season.
Samsul Islam, a farmer of Dinnnathpur village under Chuadanga Sadar upazila, said the production of Boro paddy is very satisfactory this year like the previous year. He hoped that the farmers will get good yield this season.
Another farmer Sultan Mondal of Andipur village under Alamdanga upazila said, "I have cultivated Boro paddy on three bighas of land. I have already harvested the paddy of two bighas of land and got expected result."
Meanwhile, the farmers alleged that during harvesting some traders try to make syndicate to deprive the farmers of their fair price. They urged the authority concerned to properly monitor the market so that they can get expected price of their produce.
Now Boro paddy is being sold at Tk 550 to 600 per maund in the local markets.
Deputy Director (DD) of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) here Nirmal Kumer Dey said due to sowing of high quality of seeds, technical support from DAE officials, timely supply of necessary agro-inputs, use of balanced fertilisers, and favourable weather the farmers are expecting a bumper production of the paddy this season.
"If they get expected price of their produce the cultivation of Boro paddy would be increased from next year," the DD added. He, however, advised the farmers not to sell the paddy during harvesting.