Aman paddy transplantation nears completion in Rajshahi
THAKURGAON: Md Moniruzzaman , SP, Thakurgaon speaking at a press conference on strict law to face the conflict at the opening day of the three day-long Ijtema yesterday.
BSS, Rajshahi :
Aman paddy seedlings transplantation here is in the final stage as most of the farmers already completed their transplantation activities amidst suitable climate condition with frequent rainfall, sources said.
The appropriate timeframe of the paddy seedlings transplantation is up to August 20 while only its late varieties, developed by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), could be transplanted by end of this month, said Dr Aminul Islam, Chief Scientific Officer of BRRI, here on Wednesday.
"Timely transplantation of aman paddy seedlings is very important for healthy growth leading to optimum yield in the area," he said.
He said some of the farmers are expecting transplantation of seedlings after harvesting of Aush paddy and receding the existing floodwater. "We have some late varieties for them," Dr Islam added.
He said BRRI has developed seven modern paddy varieties for Aman season creating high hope among the farmers in general in the region.
The varieties like Brridhan 56, Brridhan 66, Brridhan71, Brridhan75, Brridhan80, Brridhan87 and Brridhan90 are comparatively high yielding, drought tolerant and takes short time to get matured than local variety 'Swarna' which is prone to various diseases, he continued.
Dr Islam said farmers have been encouraged to cultivate the latest varieties through various interventions including block demonstration, plots projection and supplying of seed free of cost.
He also said the modern varieties have opened up door in enormous prospects of food security along with mitigating the crises of irrigation water.
Meanwhile, farmers are passing their busiest times in nursing their transplanted aman paddy which have taken greenish look. Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set a target of producing more than 20.14 lakh metric tons of transplanted aman rice from 7.24 lakh hectares of land in all eight districts under Rajshahi division this season.