Farmers are now passing busy times with rowing Aman rice seedlings on their crop lands in six south-western districts of DAE Jashore region.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials are rendering their field-level services on lands following health guidelines amid the Covid-19 pandemic situation with a view to meeting farmer's food demands as well as to ensure food security of the country.
The DAE office sources said a target has been designed here to produce over 14.92 lakh tonnes of Aman rice from 4.55 lakh hectares of land in DAE Jashore region during the current Aman season. According to the DAE production target, 4,37,035 tonnes of Aman rice will be produced from 1,38,947 hectares of land in Jashore, 3,43,920 tonnes of Aman rice from 1,04,750 hectares of land in Jhenaidah, 2,05,503 tonnes of Aman rice will be produced from 61,472 hectares of land in Magura, 3,00,341 tonnes of Aman rice will be produced from 88,895 hectares of land in Kushtia, 1,20,923 tonnes of Aman rice will be produced from 34,920 hectares of land in Chuadanga and 84,384 tonnes of Aman rice will be produced from 26,370 hectares of land in Meherpur districts. The government through the DAE and other agriculture-related organizations and institutions is extending necessary assistance and latest technologies to farmers to make the intensive Aman rice farming program a success, the DAE sources said. Additional Director of DAE for Jashore region Agriculturist Dr. Md. Ekhlas Uddin said at the directives of the government, different state-run agencies including Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BADC) and Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation ( BCIC) have ensured proper supply of adequate quantity of improved quality Aman seeds, fertilizers and agricultural equipment among the Aman growers.
The state-run banks including Bangladesh Krishi Bank have also distributed crop loans to the farmers for helping them run their Aman cultivation without financial problems, he said.