Boro transplant starts in Pabna, farmers busy like anything

Published : 26 Jan 2023 09:13 PM

Planting of high-yielding Boro paddy of the current season has started in Ishwardi, Pabna. Farmers are busy planting seedlings in different areas of the Ishwardi Upazila in Pabna. After bringing home the Aman paddy, they are planting saplings in the field with a new dream, ignoring the severe winter.

Agriculture officials here said that the farmers were worried about the seedlings due to the heavy fog of winter and the sun not coming out for a few days, but there was no damage to the seedbed seedlings. 

It is known that the months of winter are the important times for planting IRRI-Boro seedlings in the season. During this time, ignoring the cold flow and thick fog, the farmers prepared the fields and planted rice seedlings in the land. They have this activity from dawn to dusk.

According to the office of Ishwardi Upazila Agriculture Officer, as in the previous year, in the current Boro season, the target of Boro cultivation has been set at 2,650 hectares of land in the Upazila. If the weather is favorable, the officials are expecting more yield of Boro paddy this year as well.

Farmer Tanjid Pramanik of Chandali intersection of Mirkamari village in Salimpur union of Ishwardi upazila said that there is three bigha of land in Baghachla village of Muladuli, another union of the Upazila. This time he cultivated Boro rice in that three bigha land. Ishwardi got high-yielding Boro rice seeds from the Agriculture Office and raised the seedlings himself. 

Despite getting free seeds, he has spent 10 to 12 thousand rupees per acre of cultivation along with other expenses. He said, if the yield is good, 25 to 26 mounds of paddy will be available from Pratibigha land. As such, he will get 75 mounds of paddy from three bigha land. The market price of typical Boro paddy is 1 thousand taka. By selling, you will get 75 thousand rupees for every thousand Tk. Excluding expenses, the profit of farmers Tanjid will be 39 thousand taka.

Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Mita Sarkar said that the farmers here got the expected yield in the last Aman season. The Boro season has now begun. Farmers have started planting seasonal Boro paddy seedlings in the field despite the winter. There was no damage to the seed bed due to the heavy fog and not getting the heat of the sun for a few days. He said that the seeds and fertilizers allocated by the government have been given to the farmers at specific times. Apart from this, other suggestions are being given by my field level agricultural officers to the farmers. He expressed hope that if the weather is favorable, the farmers will also benefit from Boro rice. 

He also said that the target of high-yielding Boro plantations has been set on 2,650 hectares of land in Ishwardi.