The harvest of Boro paddy starts as well as going on full- showing in all the ten upazilas in Netrakona district. The farmers are expecting good yield of the crop due to favorable weather this year.
The production of Boro paddy this season exceeded the production target in the district which is much to the delight of farmers.
The Netrakona district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) earlier have taken a massive programme to bring 1,82,301 hectors of land under Boro cultivation in ten upazilas of the district this season with fixing the production target of 6,07,770 metric tons of paddy.
Of the total 1,77,390 hectors of High Yielding Variety (HYV), 11377 hectors are Highbrid and only 534 hectors are local variety.
The Haor areas of the district mainly Khaliazuri, Mohangonj, Madan, Atpara, Kalmakanda and Kendua upazilas are better known as Boro cultivation area.
Boro paddy was cultivated on 1,64,585 hectares of land last year as the Boro paddy was produced bumper but early flood damaged thus.
Habibur Rahman, DAE’s Deputy Director in Netrakona, told the Bangladesh Post that the cultivation target has already been exceeded by 18000 hectors of land. This year the excellent growing Boro plants have shown eye-catching looks of the crop field in the haor areas which turning the farmers face smile, if the weather will be favour, the farmers get a bumper production this season, he said. “With instruction of the government, we are providing technical support mainly irrigation and pest control policy to the farmers to make the production target a success,” he said. Besides, all the commercial banks especially Bangladesh Krishi Bank have introduced easy term loan among the cultivators to make the cultivation and production a success, he added.
Golam Mustafa, a farmer of Borantor village under Mohangonj upazila of the district, said that he had planned to grow Boro, the only cash crop of haor area, on his ten of his 12 acres of land. “As I got profit from Boro paddy farming last year, I have increased the area this year. I hope that I will get a bumper production this year,” he said.
Rahmat Ali, a farmer of Pagla village under Kalmakanda upazila, said that he cultivated Robi crops like mug, bean, green chilli, sweet potato and watermelon last year in his land but unfortunately, those Robi crops had badly damaged by unseasonable rain last year. This year, he has taken those land under Boro paddy cultivation to make up for the losses last year, he added.