Our Correspondent : Bhola, Jan 13: Boro plantation has started in seven upazilas of the district but production target may not be achieved in the current season for various reasons including high cultivation cost and decreasing price of produce.
According to official sources of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) of Bhola, a total of 49,000 hectares of land have been brought under the programme with a production target of 1.96 lakh tonnes of paddy in the current Boro season.
In Daulatkhan and Borhanuddin upazilas, farmers are preparing their land for nursery, however, seed-plantation has started at many places of the Sadar district.
A large number of farmers who cultivated boro paddy last year told this correspondent that they would not cultivate Boro this season due to fall of prices of rice and paddy.
They also said that the prices of agricultural resources including seed, pesticides, labour and irrigation cost rose abnormally. As a result the production cost of paddy increased but they did not get a fair price.
So a large number of famers started cultivating other cash crops.
While contacted Shanti Ranjon Mondol, Deputy Director of Agriculture Extension of Bhola told The Daily Observer that they directed the sub-assistant agricultural officers at field level to motivate farmers for cultivation of Boro paddy and fulfil the target set for the season.