Farmers get bumper Boro yield in Dinajpur
DINAJPUR, May 20: Farmers in thirteen upazilas of the district achieved bumper production of IRRI-Boro paddy this year.
The cultivation target of the paddy was 1,72,124 hectares of land, but the target was exceeded and 2,200 ha more land was brought under the
Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the district Md Touhidul Iqbal said harvesting of IRRI-Boro paddy started here since May 1 last.
Due to the cyclone Fani, the farmers of the country were frustrated and worried, but when the cyclone was over, the farmers of 13 upazilas of Dinajpur became hopeful.
DAE sources said, due to favourable weather and proper monitoring and direction by the officials of the agriculture department, additional IRRI-Boro paddy was cultivated in 1,74,324 ha of land.
Sources said from the collected paddy, 7.40 lakh metric tons of rice would be produced.
For about 27 lakh people in the district, 7 lakh MT rice is set per year.
During the Aman and IRRI-Boro seasons, about 14 lakh MT rice would be produced in the district this year. The remaining 7 lakh MT rice would be exported to other districts of the country after meeting the local demand.
Sources said the district DAE gave direction to distribute modern technology, rice, pesticides and fertilisers to the farmers.
The sources also said by May 31, produced IRRI-Boro paddy will be harvested. After that, chaffing and collecting rice will start. DAE has taken initiative to buy rice directly from the farmers.
District Food Controller Mahmud Iqbal said this year 93,500 MT rice would be bought from the farmers of the district. They said they would sign deals with the rice mills.
Sources said 85,500 MT boiled and 8,000 MT sunned rice, and 5,000 MT paddy would be purchased directly from the farmers.
The DAE has set the price of boiled rice at Tk 36, sunned rice at Tk 35 and paddy at Tk 26.
The sources further said they would start collecting rice from the mills from June 1. Purchasing rice from the farmers directly would begin from May 18.
At least 1.5 lakh MT rice could be stored in 26 LSDs and one CSD. Currently, 85,000 MT rice and wheat are stored.
The sources said after distributing rice among VGF, VGD and other developing programmes of the government, many space of the storage would be kept empty for keeping the collected rice.
They said that there would be no hindrance in collecting rice.