Thursday, November 28th, 2019

T- Aman crop in Rangpur envisages bumper production

Published 9:45 pm | November 28, 2019

The farmers in Rangpur region are continuing harvest of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice in full swing and getting excellent yield rate expecting bumper production of the crop this season.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers have cultivated T-Aman rice on 6.08-lakh hectares of land this year, which is 4,902 hectares higher than the cultivated land last year.

The farmers have already harvested Aman rice on over 3.22-lakh hectares of land in all five districts of the region till Tuesday which is about 53 percent of the total cultivated land area.

The farmers have already produced over 9.69-lakh tonnes of T-Aman crop in terms of clean rice (14.53-lakh tonnes of paddy) with an achieved yield rate of 3.01 tonnes of clean rice per hectare.

“We are hopeful to achieve the fixed production target of 18.08-lakh tonnes of clean T-Aman rice (27.13-lakh tonnes of paddy) after completion of its harvest,” Additional Deputy Director of the DAE Mohammad Moniruzzaman told BSS .

Earlier, the DAE had fixed a target of producing 18.08-lakh tonnes of clean T-Aman rice from 6.35-lakh hectares of land for the region this season while farmers finally cultivated the crop on 6.08-lakh hectares of land.

“The recent flood damaged T-Aman rice crop on 43.75 hectares of land and standing T-Aman rice seedling on 5,216 hectares of land causing loss of TK 9.43 crore to farmers in the region,” Moniruzzaman said.

The government has implemented massive agro-rehabilitation programs spending TK 1.42 crore assisting 14,743 flood-hit farmers of Kurigram, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat to make Aman rice farming program a success in the region this season.

Talking to BSS, farmer Ariful Haque Batul of village Najirdigar here said he cultivated T-Aman rice on seven acres of land and got on an average 35 mounds yield of the crop in terms of paddy per acre of land .

“The current market price of newly harvested Aman paddy is varying between Taka 520 and Taka 540 per mound (every 40 kg),” Batul said and hoped that he would be able to sell his paddy to the government purchasing centres to get fair price.

Farmer Ishaque Ali of village Kathihara in Mominpur union of Rangpur Sadar upazila said he would complete harvesting Aman rice on his crop land by this weekend to get a bumper output.

Farmers Abul Hossain of Badarganj upazila here said he has already completed harvesting his cultivated T-Aman rice on three acres of land and got 37 mounds of paddy yield per acre on an average.

Similarly, farmers Mofizur Rahman of Taraganj upazila in Rangpur, Aminur Rahman of Rajarhat upazila in Kurigram and Mohibur Rahman of Syedpur upazila in Nilphamari said they got excellent yield of their harvested T-Aman rice crop.

Additional Director of the DAE, Rangpur region Agriculturist Muhammad Ali said farmers are expected to achieve the fixed Aman rice production target if the present yield rate of 3.01 tonnes of clean rice per hectares of land continues till end of the harvest.

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