Boro farmers busy in Rajshahi
RAJHSAHI, Feb 13: The local farmers are passing busy days in Boro cultivation for this season.
Concerned sources said the Boro cultivation is likely to increase in this season because of fair price.
Farmers and agriculturists said due to unfavourable weather conditions, the farmers have been adopting this type of plantation where less irrigation is needed.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) is encouraging them in this connection.
Deep tube-wells are not capable to lift ground water. So, there is no guarantee of irrigation in many areas as well. In these adverse circumstances, many farmers are switching over to the cultivation of crops requiring less irrigation like potato, wheat, maize and vegetables.
But this year, the farmers are seeing the possibility of increase in Boro cultivation. They got fair price of Aush and Aman. So, they are preparing to plant more Boro hoping for profit this year.
President of Water Management Association of Paba Nurul Amin said, "The farmers of my area are now busy in Boro cultivation. I am cultivating Boro on six-bigha land but I cultivated only three-bigha last year. Because of the fair price of rice, I'm cultivating Boro on more lands. Per maund of Boro rice is now selling at Tk 1,200 to 1,300, which was Tk 800 to 900 last year."
"Since the price is fair, all the farmers of my area are cultivating Boro on more lands. So, the lease and land cost have increased.
Last year, the lease of per bigha land for Boro cultivation was Tk 5,000, but now it has increased to Tk 8,000. Besides, the Boro seeds are also selling high due to adverse weather.
It takes about Tk 2,000 to 3,000 for cultivation which was Tk 1,000 last year," he added.
Regional Agricultural Information Officer Abdullahil Kafi said, "The farmers of Barind region have been advised for such cultivation for the last couple of years.
But, due to rice crisis in rainy season and keeping the food security in mind, farmers of haor regions are being discouraged about Boro cultivation."
Rajshahi DAE sources said, "This season's Boro cultivation target here is 66,319 hectares of land. For this, seedbeds have been prepared on 4,345 ha of land.
Meanwhile, saplings have been planted on about 12,000 ha of land. Now, there is a possibility of surpassing the Boro cultivation target."