Farmers busy farming Boro paddy in Bogura
BOGURA, Feb 11: The local farmers are passing busy time in Boro cultivation.
Preparation for Boro seedbed and Boro seedling plantation is also going on simultaneously.
Due to favourable weather, cold injury could not hit the Boro seedbeds. As a result, there was no harm to Boro seedlings.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), a total of 1.89 lakh hectares of land have been targeted under Boro cultivation this year in the district while the production target is 7.54 lakh metric tons of rice. But the cultivation of Boro would be 1,000 ha less than the previous year's target of Boro cultivation, said Deputy Director of the DAE Nikhil Chandra Biswas.
Boro cultivation is now going on in full swing throughout the district. Some farmers are preparing seedbed with tractor or mechanical plough. Many farmers have started planting Boro seedlings since mid-January.
So far, 31 per cent of the target which means 71,000 ha of land is now under Boro cultivation in the district. Moreover, due to the suitable weather, cold injury could not affect the Boro seedlings. As a result, the farmers did not face any problem.
In this season, farmers have made seedbeds on 10,400 ha of land. The Boro cultivation will be possible by the seedlings produced on 9,000 ha of land. Even after Boro cultivation, the seedlings of 1,000 ha of land will be surplus. Farmer will not have to face any problem for seedlings.
Meanwhile, due to less cultivation of Boro paddy on 1,000 ha of land in the district, farmers are interested in producing more profitable crops than Boro. For example, they are giving more priority to wheat, corn, and vegetables production. They will harvest wheat, corn, and vegetables and cultivate Aush paddy by selling them.
The agriculture officials are hoping that the target of Boro production will exceed the current season, if the weather is favourable.