Bumper Boro yield likely at Tanore
RAJSHAHI, Apr 20: Bumper yield of Boro paddy is likely in Tanore Upazila of the district this year.
The ripe paddy plants have become yellowish. The harvest will start after some days. Though the farmers are not expecting much price of their produce, they think that the yield will exceed the target.
To meet the demand of food, the local farmers have been cultivating Boro paddy for last several years. The yellow paddy sheaves have appeared in the trees. After harvesting potato, the farmers cultivated Boro paddy on the same land in three phases. The harvest will start in the third phase.
The local agriculture office, however, termed the Boro paddy cultivated in the potato field after March 15 as high yielding variety Aus paddy. The local farmers cultivate the variety as Boro paddy.
Upazila Agriculture Office sources said this year's Boro paddy farming target was 15,025 hectares of land, but it was cultivated on more 225 ha of land.
While visiting the upazila, it was found that paddy sheaves have started to be yellowish in some fields while in some fields the sheaves have just appeared.
Farmers Mamunur Rashid of Belkharia Village and Robiul Islam of Chimna Village in the upazila said they will harvest the paddy from their fields by next 15 days.
Agriculture Office sources said the farmers cultivated different varieties of Boro paddy in the upazila, like BRRI Dhan-28, 29, 49, 50, 52, 62, BR-15 and 16, and hybrid. As the seedbeds were not affected with cold injury this year, so the seedlings were in good condition, so there is possibility of good yield this time, the sources added.
Upazila Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer Shamser Ali said the suitable time for Boro paddy farming is from January 15 to February 20. Though the winter was more acute this year, the farmers ignored the situation and cultivated the paddy. Many farmers harvested potato and planted the Boro seedlings on the same land. So, the target may exceed this year.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Shafiqul Islam said it is fact that the price of paddy is less than other crops. But it is not true that the farmers are counting losses every time. If the weather remains favourable, the farmers will be able to make profit from low price.