Boro paddy and rice procurement drive began here Thursday.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Manikganj Muhammad Abdul Latif formally inaugurated the programme at Beutha Food Godown in the town.
District Controller of Food Mahmuda Akter Mousumi, Upazila Controller of Food Md. Shariful Islam, Officer- in-Charge (OC) of Food Godown Bikash Chandra Debnath, large number of farmers and government officials were present on the occasion.
DC Muhammad Abdul Latif said to ensure the fair price of paddy and rice, the government has decided to procure rice from the producers avoiding any middle man.
He also urged the farmers to sell their paddy and rice to the government through the local authorities.
The government is buying per Kilogram (KG) paddy at a cost of Tk. 30.00 and per KG rice at a
cost of Tk. 44 from the farmers directly.
The government has set a target of buying 528 metric tons of paddy and 440 metric tons of clean rice from the district during the current season, the sources said.
Meanwhile, harvesting of Boro is going on full swing in all seven upazilas of the district with the expectation of bumper production.
Boro cultivation exceeded its fixed target in all seven upazilas of the district during the current season amid much enthusiasm from the farmers, the Department of Agriculture Extension sources said.
A target was set to produce 2, 21,480 metric tons of clean rice from 49,000 hectares of land in all seven upazilas of the district during the season, DAE office sources said. But finally Boro was cultivated on 49 775 hectares in the district.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said after harvesting of mustard the farmers had started Boro cultivation in their land and the finally boro paddy was cultivated on 49775 hectares of land , adding that the fixed target was exceeded by 775 hectares.
DAE office sources said local varieties of Boro on the river beds of Padma, Jamuna, Dhaleshwari, Kaliganga and other small rivers of the district was fixed on 500 hectares of land, but the local varieties of Boro was cultivated on 605 hectares of land exceeding its target.
Abu Mohammad Enayet Ullah, Deputy Director of the DAE, said the farmers are expecting a good production as the favourable weather was prevailing all over the district.
The cultivators sources said they have started to harvest their main food crop Boro using Combined harvesters to reduce their harvesting cost, adding that shortage of labourers is also the main factor.
To make the cultivation a grand success, necessary measures was taken to supply quality seeds, fertilizers, insecticides and other agri inputs to the farmers timely at fair prices side by side with ensuring power supply facility by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Rural Electrification Board, said an official of DAE.