The farmers in Jhenidah have brought 88,504 hectares of land under cultivation. The bumper production has delighted the farmers of the district. The farmers are happy over the production.
The production target was fixed at 366,643 tonnes of rice, but the farmers have exceeded the fixed cultivation target of Boro rice, said sources of the office of the deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Jhenidah.
A number of farmers at Hatgoplapur weekly market in Jhenidah Sadar and Seikhpara market in Sailkupa upazila said the office and field level officers of the DAE had advised them to reduce the area of Boro farming due to requirements of excessive irrigation water in the dry season as per the guidelines of the government.
They said that the farming was costly for the farmers when the price was not optimum for the farmers.
But they virtually did not follow the advice and brought huge land under golden colour Boro farming in the season.
Boro farmer Abdur Rauf of Hazampara village in Sailkupa municipality said he is expecting optimum yield in the season if there is no natural calamity till the harvesting time.
He might harvest 28 to 29 maunds of paddy from his each bigha of land. He brought three bighas under the Boro farming in the season, Abdur Rauf said.
Farmer Jasim Uddin of Kalicharanpur village of Jhenidah Sadar upazila said most of the farmers are going to harvest better as they did not face severe natural calamities. But the farmers are in worry as there is the apprehension of storm and rainfall between afternoon and evening on almost everyday. According the DAE, the farmers cultivated Boro on 23,044 hectares in Jhenidah Sadar, 14,570 hectares in Kaliganj, 6,130 hectares in Kotchandpur, 20,370 hectares in bordering Moheshpur, 14,870 hectares in Sailkupa and 9,520 hectares in Harinakundu upazila.
Deputy Director of the DAE GM Abdur Rauf said that they have advised the farmers to reduce the land for Boro farming as the production cost is higher as it consumes additional irrigation water.
The guidelines were thrown from the government. But the farmers have almost fulfilled the farming target this season. The DAE has been encouraging the farmers to bring more and more land under Aus farming as it cost least charge for production, while the Boro requires additional irrigation water. It increases the overall production cost in the Boro season, he said.
Deputy Director said, some of the farmers have started harvesting the Boro at an early stage fearing natural calamities like storm and heavy rainfall any moment.
It might affect the optimum yield in the season.