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31.90 lakh tonnes of Boro paddy to be produced in Rangpur Divn

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RANGPUR; The farmers will start preparing Boro seedbeds from the end of the November to begin transplantation of Boro paddy seedlings from mid- December everywhere in Rangpur Division during the current Rabi season.

BSS, Rangpur :
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has fixed a production target of over 31.90 lakh tonnes of clean Boro paddy from 7.70 lakh hectares of land for Rangpur division during this Rabi season.
"Field level officials of the DAE and other organisations concerned have already taken steps to make the Boro farming programme a success this season," Horticulture Specialist of the DAE at its regional office Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam told BSS.
The farmers are now mostly busy with harvesting Aman rice and sowing seed of Rabi crops like early potato, maize and winter vegetables on their lands and they will start preparing Boro seedbed in fu swing from this month-end.
"Transplantation of Boro rice seedling will begin on low-lying lands, beels, haors, flood-prone and riverine areas from mid-December to complete harvest of the major cereal crop there before commencement of the next rainy season," Islam said.
Under the programme, the DAE has fixed a target of producing over 20.88 lakh tonnes of clean Boro rice from 4.97 lakh hectares of land in five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat in Rangpur agriculture region in the division.
In addition, over 11.02 lakh tonnes of clean Boro rice will be produced from about 2.73 lakh hectares of land in three districts of Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh in Dinajpur agriculture region of Rangpur division this season.
"The farmers will produce 10 lakh tonnes of hybrid variety Boro rice from 2.11 lakh hectares of land, 21.83 lakh tonnes of high yielding variety rice from 5.57 lakh hectares and 3,952 tonnes of local variety Boro rice from 2,037 hectares of land," Islam added.
Talking to BSS, Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md Moniruzzaman said steps have been taken to ensure smooth supply of seed, fertilisers, electricity and delivering technologies to make the Boro farming programme a success.
The government is distributing 3 tonnes of Boro rice seed, 3 tonnes of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and 1.50 tonnes Muriate of Potash (MoP) fertilisers among 1,500 small and marginal farmers as agriculture incentives in Rangpur region alone this season.
Each of the 1,500 beneficiary farmers are getting 20 kg seed of Boro rice, 20 kg DAP and 10 kg MoP fertilisers free of costs as incentives to cultivate Boro rice on one bigha of land during this Rabi season in the region.
"The farmers will adopt conservation agriculture technologies like Alternate Drying and Wetting irrigation method on larger scale while farming Boro rice to use less irrigation water and save electricity for reducing Boro rice cultivation cost," Moniruzzaman added.
Rangpur Regional Additional Director of the DAE Shah Alam said the DAE and other agriculture-related organisations under the Ministry of Agriculture will extend assistance the farmers to make the Boro rice framing programme successful.
"Besides, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation, Power Development Board and Rural Electrification Board will ensure smooth supply of seed, fertilisers and power to the farmers to ensure smooth Boro rice cultivation this season," Alam said.

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