Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman
GAIBANDHA, Apr 17: Farmers of all the seven upazilas in the district are expecting abundant yield of Boro paddy during the current season.
According to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, a total of 1,24,179 hectares of land have been brought under the cultivation in the district with the production target of 5,01039 tons of rice this year.
Of the total, some 19,500 hectares of land were brought under the cultivation programme in Sadar upazila, 14,500 in Sadullapur upazila, 12,700 in Palashbari upazila, 30,375 in Gobindaganj upazila, 24,150 in Sundarganj upazila, 14,750 in Shaghata upazila and 8,204 in Fulchhari upazila.
Favourable climatic condition, proper distribution of high quality seed and timely supply of electricity, fertilisers and other agri-inputs to the growers are the main reasons behind the expectation, said an official of DAE.
To make the cultivation programme a success and to bring all arable land under this programme, the commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank disbursed soft loan to the poor and the marginal farmers during the season. While visiting some areas of the district, this correspondent found the early variety of Boro paddy including BIRI-28 has started ripening.
Momtaz Ail Bepari, a farmer of Sreepur Union of Sundarganj upazila, said he cultivated the paddy on 25 bighas of land this year and expected excellent production as it grew very well on the land.
Acting Deputy Director of DAE Aminul Islam told The Daily Observer that the harvest of Boro paddy would start in the district in the end of the current month.
In reply to a question, he said necessary measures had been taken to ensure the reasonable price against the high value crop so that the growers are benefitted economically.