Farmers exceed Aush rice farming target in Rangpur region
RANGPUR, June 17: The farmers have exceeded the fixed farming target of the short duration and less irrigation water consuming Aush rice during the current off-season period in Rangpur agriculture region.
Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said tender plants of Aush rice are growing superbly amid favorable climatic conditions predicting a super bumper production of the crop in the region this year.
The farmers exceeded the fixed Aush rice cultivation target by 1.66 percent following various pragmatic steps taken by the government like distribution of special intensives and providing technical support as well as conducting motivational campaign.
The DAE has fixed a target of cultivating Aush rice on 54,775 heaters of land with the production target of 1.54-lakh tonnes of clean rice (2.34-lakh tonnes of paddy) in all five districts of the region.
"However, farmers have brought 55,530 hectares of land under Aush rice cultivation, higher by 755 hectares or 1.66 percent than the fixed farming target," said Horticulture Specialist of the DAE at its regional office Agriculturist Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam.
Of them, farmers have cultivated hybrid variety of Aus rice on 14,174 heaters of land, high yielding variety on 40,945 hectares and local variety of Aush rice on 411 hectares of land in the region this season. -BSS