Aush paddy transplantation completed successfully in Rajshahi region
RAJSHAHI, July 21: Transplantation activities of Aush paddy seedlings were completed successfully, and now these are growing everywhere in the region along with the vast barind tract amid suitable climatic condition.
According to field-level reports, the farmers are showing more interest towards the Aush farming due to the effective measures taken by the government.
Agriculturists and farmers sources said the recurrent rainfalls are bringing fortune to the farmers towards the transplantation and growing process creating huge job opportunities for the labour-class people, especially the indigenous males and females.
In almost all eight districts under Rajshahi division, farmers are busy in nursing of the transplanted Aush seedlings of various high yielding and local varieties including BRRI-28, BR-26, BR-27, BR-21, BR-48, BR-55 and Parija, which gave better yield all along.
Local farmers have brought more than 1.54 lakh hectares of land under the Aush paddy farming in four districts under Rajshahi Agricultural Zone this season.
Local Met office recorded 523.3 millimetres of rainfall during the last one and a half months that helped the farmers towards successful
transplantation of the seedlings.
Additional Director of the zone Fazlur Rahman told BSS that the government provided chemical fertilisers like urea, TSP and MoP among the small and marginal farmers free of cost aimed at boosting the Aush paddy yield for ensuring food security.
To make the cultivation programme, a grand success, the government has also ensured the supply of seeds, insecticides and other agri-inputs to the growers at fair prices.
A total of 27,400 farmers got cash incentives to buy seeds and fertilisers for the cultivation of Aush paddy in the current Kharif-1 season. Of the total, 25,500 farmers received incentives for cultivation of high-yielding Aush on 25,500 bigha of land 3,700 farmers for Nerica paddy on 3,700 bigha of land.
Each of the interested farmers got Taka 400 for Aush paddy cultivation while Taka 800 for Nerica paddy farming. Besides, each of the farmers, who cultivates Aush paddy, get five kilograms seed, 20 kg urea, 10 kg DAP, 10 kg MoP and cash of Taka 400 for irrigation purpose.
On the other hand, farmers who cultivated Nerica paddy, get 10 kg seed, 20 kg urea, 10 kg DAP, 10 kg MoP and Taka 400 for irrigation and Taka 400 for weeding.
Dev Dulal Dhali, deputy director of the DAE, told BSS that the distribution of incentives was completed successfully. The agricultural incentives help boost Aush paddy production, enhencing the country's total production. He expected that around 70,000 tonnes of additional rice will be produced.
He said the Aush farming is very much cost-effective as it requires less production cost and face less natural calamity. More or less, the farming depends on monsoonal rainfall which is very important for lessening the gradually, increasing pressure on groundwater.
Agriculturist Dhali said Aus paddy is drought tolerant and can be cultivated and harvested before full-scale rainy season and flood. ï¿½BSS