Boro harvest begins in Gaibandha


Harvest of Boro paddy, one of the high value crops, began in Gaibandha during this current Boro season with much enthusiasm and festivity, reports BSS. 

District Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said they set a target to farm Boro paddy on 1, 27,740 hectares of land with the production target of 521,789 tonnes of clean rice this season.

Later, the target fixed by the department was exceeded and it stood to 1, 31,200 hectares bringing more 3460 hectares of land under the farming, the sources added.

Of those, some 21,175 hectares of land were brought under the farming in Sadar upazila, 15,970 in Sadullapur upazila, 13,490 in Palashbari upazila, 31,425 in Gobindaganj upazila, 25,820 in Sundarganj upazila, 15,250 in Shaghata upazila, and 8070 hectors of land in Fulchhari upazila.

At present, most of the paddy fields have taken an eye-catching look as the varieties of paddy have started ripening.

The farmers have started harvesting the early variety BRRI-28 amid festivity with a hope of getting good yield.

Harvesting of other varieties is expected to start in full swing across the district from the first week of May, said a farmer.

Showkat Osman, district training officer of DAE, said the farmers farmed the irrigation dependent boro paddy in the district successfully this season as Bangladesh Barind Development  Authority, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Cooperation, Bangladesh Power Development Board, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board ensured supply of seed, fertilizers and electricity to the growers to boost production of Boro paddy.

Besides, the agri-officials particularly the field level sub assistant agriculture officers provided farmers latest agri-technologies to increase the Boro paddy production side by side with imparting them with need base training on how to apply the technologies practically in the paddy field to get desired output, he added.

Deputy Director of DAE SM Ferdous told BSS two percent harvest had already been completed till on April 27.

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