Farmers busy planting potato in Joypurhat
JOYPURHAT, Dec 8: The local farmers are busy planting potato in the district.
They have engaged their full efforts and resources to make all time record in potato farming this year, said sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and farmers.
The DAE is constantly monitoring the overall progress of potato farming and smooth supply of fertilisers, pesticides and other necessary agro-inputs to the farmers, said the DAE officials.
DAE sources said this year's potato cultivation is on 37,950 hectares of land in five upazilas of the district, and the production target is 7,96,950 metric tons of potato.
The DAE is, however, hopeful about achieving the potato production target this year.
Deputy Director (DD) of the DAE Sudhendra Nath Roy told this correspondent that special initiatives have been taken for cultivating hybrid variety of potato aiming to produce a record quantity of the crop this season in the district.
He said, of the total land, hybrid potato will be cultivated on 32,000 ha and local varieties on 5,950 ha. In the meantime, potato has been cultivated on 90 per cent of the total lands.
The DAE, the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation and NGOs have also distributed adequate quality seeds and other agro inputs and provided necessary technical assistance to the farmers.
On the other hand, different NGOs, government and private banks including Joypurhat Zonal Office of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank have been disbursing loans among the poor, small and marginal farmers, the sources said.
Besides, DAE has been giving training to farmers for adopting modern technologies in potato cultivation, and crop management and preservation of quality seeds etc.
Sources said necessary training on potato cultivation was given to about 20,000 farmers in the district.
About the supply of fertilisers, DD of the DAE Sudhendra Nath Roy further said there is no shortage of fertilisers in the district.
He said distribution of urea fertiliser has begun in all upazilas through dealers and sub dealers in union level.