The high yielding paddy T-Aman cultivation target has exceeded in all seven upazilas of Gaibandha this season as farmers are expecting its bumper production.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials said that on Tuesday the target for bringing a total of 1, 17,549 hectares of land under T-Aman cultivation had been set during the current session with fixing the production target of 3,14,712 tons of rice. But the farming target has exceeded bringing more 6581 hectares of land under T-Aman cultivation by now thanks to favorable climate condition, they said, reports BSS.
DAE officials said some 19180 hectares of land were cultivated in Sadar upazila, 15,230 in Sadullapur upazila, 13,570 in Palashbari upazila, 30,350 in Gobindaganj upazila, 27450 in Sundarganj upazila, 14,150 in Saghata upazila and 4200 in Fulchhari upazila. The transplanted seedlings of Aman paddy have already grown well and the paddy fields turned into greenish look.
The growers are so much busy with nurturing the paddy field alongside the hopes of getting its desired production this season. Making the cultivation program a grand success, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation distributed high quality Aman seed to the farmers at a fair price through its sale centers and approved dealers, the officials added.
Besides, different state run commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) are disbursing agri-loans on easy terms to the poor and marginal farmers to help them cultivate the T-Aman paddy, said M. Sarwar Hossain, zonal manager of RAKUB here.
In addition, DAE has been imparting training to the farmers for adopting modern technologies for paddy cultivation, crop management and preservation of quality seed, said Showkat Osman, district training officer of DAE. To ensure the production target of T-Aman paddy in the district this year, BMDA has also kept its 505 electricity run deep tube wells fully ready to irrigate the Aman paddy field, if necessary, said executive engineer M. Azazul Islam.
Deputy director of DAE AKM Ruhul Amin said that necessary measures had also been taken for availability of fertilizers, insecticides and other agriculture inputs at the grass roots level of the district during the current season.
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