Habibulla Masum with district correspondents
A festive mood is prevailing across the country with farmers passing busy days harvesting Aman paddy.
Most of the villages are upbeat with the new harvest that has exceeded the fixed Aman cultivation target, following various effective and pro-farmer steps of the government.
“We are very happy with our production. Like me, most of the farmers are exceeding the fixed cultivation target, as we got seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and sufficient water for irrigation. And it was possible due to the agriculture ministry’s direct supervision at the field level,” Panna Mia, a farmer of Manaharpur village in Jhenidah told Bangladesh Post.
According to our district correspondents including in Jhenidah, Dinajpur, Narsingdi, and Sylhet, farmers are passionately taking last-moment preparations to harvest the silver crops, their croplands filled with high yields of seasonal paddy Aman.
Although the farmers have already started harvesting a new variety of paddy, ‘Agam Aman’, on a small scale, they will have to wait for another week to go for full-swing harvesting.
In Jhenidah, farmers have already harvested about 80 percent of total Aman paddy during the season. According to the department of agriculture in Jhenidah, they had set a target to cultivate Aman on 99,538 hectares of land in the season. However, farmers in the district brought a total of 101,250 hectares under farming, during the season.
Deputy Director of the DAE in Jhenidah, GM Abdur Rauf, told Bangladesh Post, the Aman paddy cultivation has already crossed the target. The farmers of the district are reaping better during the season as they have been applying modern improved seeds and balanced fertilizer on the lands to produce paddy.
In Narsingdi, the early variety of the crop is now becoming ready for harvesting with the late variety Aman plants in full bloom promising an excellent production during the current season.
DAE Deputy Director, Shovan Kumar Dhar said, so far 10 to 12 percent Aman paddy has already been harvested in the district with the output ranging between 3.5 and 4 metric tonnes per hectare.
He said, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) supplied quality seeds to the farmers at fair prices to facilitate the Aman paddy cultivation.
The sources said, farmers of the district cultivated Aman paddy on 41,250 hectares in the current season against the target of 39,400 hectares fixed by the DAE.
In Dinajpur, farmers of the district cultivated Aman paddy on 257465 hectares of land against the target of 257362 hectares during the season.
In Sylhet, the farmers of the district enthusiastically are making all necessary preparations for a bumper harvest. The farmers and agriculture officers of the district are expecting record harvests of hybrid varieties of BINA-7, BR-11 and BRI-32, 39, 46, 51 and different other local varieties.
According to the Food Ministry, the government will procure 6 lakh Metric Tons of Aman rice at Tk 36 per KG primarily for the current season directly from the rice growers, in different parts of the country from December 1 and continue till February 28.