6.95 lakh tonnes of Aush rice likely to be produced in Rajshahi division
RAJSHAHI, June 3: Above 6.95 lakh tonnes of Aush rice is expected to be produced from 2.50 lakh hectares of land in Rajshahi division during the current season.
Amidst this glowing climatic condition, the farmers in general are now passing their busiest time in various works like seedlings from seedbeds, seedling transplantation and land preparation to make those fit for the transplantation everywhere in the region including its vast Barind tract.
Official sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said the transplantation activities have created job opportunities for many of the idle people in all eight districts of the division amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Target has been set to produce 5.01 lakh tonnes of rice from 1.80 lakh hectares of land in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Chapainawabgonj and Natore districts under Rajshahi Agricultural Zone while another 1.93 lakh tonnes from 69,998 hectares in Bogura, Joypurhat, Pabna and Sirajgonj districts under Bogura zone.
Sudhendra Nath Roy, Additional Director of DAE, said 54,465 small and marginal farmers got seed and fertilizer as incentives for boosting the production of Aus rice in the current Kharif-1 season in the division.
Each of the beneficiary farmers was given five kilograms of high yielding seed, 20 kilograms of diammonium phosphate and 10 kilograms of muriate of potash fertilizers for aush paddy cultivation on one bigha of land each free of cost under the government's agricultural incentive programme.
Agriculturist Sudhendra Roy said the agricultural incentives will help boost aush paddy production as the country's total production will be enhanced as the government has attached highest priority to the agriculture sector to cope with the present pandemic situation.
He said the aush farming is very much cost effective as it requires less production cost and faces less natural calamity.
On the other hand, some new paddy varieties released by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) have opened up a door of enormous prospects of boosting aush rice through mitigating the crises of irrigation water in the division.
BRRI Chief Scientific Officer Dr Aminul Islam said some of the released varieties including the BRRIdhan-48 have gained popularity among farmers in the Barind tract during the last couple of years.
BRRIdhan-48, a short duration and drought tolerant paddy variety for the Aush season, has been giving satisfactory yield with scanty rainfall and limited irrigation in the area. -BSS