T-Aman paddy farming progressing fast in Gaibandha

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GAIBANDHA, Aug 9, 2018 (BSS) – Farming of T-Aman paddy, a high value crop,
has been progressing fast in all the seven upazilas of the district since
July amid much enthusiasm to the farmers.

Office sources said Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set a
target to bring a total of 1, 17,548 hectares of land under T-Aman paddy
cultivation this year with the production target of 3,14,712 tonnes of rice.

Of them, some 1,06,707 hectares of land would be cultivated HYV (high yield
variety), 914 hectares hybrid and 9,928 hectares LV (local variety), sources
said.

The upazila wise break-up of the land to be cultivated is : 18,965 hectares
of land in Sadar upazila, 114,370 in Sadullapur upazila, 13,504 in Palashbari
upazila, 28,420 in Gobindaganj upazila, 26,770 in Sundarganj upazila, 10,990
in Saghata upazila and 4,530 in Fulchhari upazila.

Meanwhile, as many as 71,500 hectares of land of the district were farmed
T-Aman paddy till August 08 and the rest land would be brought under the
farming with in August 30, said an official of the DAE.

To bring the land under the farming of T-Aman paddy the farmers of the
district have already prepared seedbed where the seedlings have grown well,
he also said.

Earlier, to make the farming programme a grand success, Bangladesh
Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) and its approved dealers
distributed high quality Aman seed to the farmers of the district at fair
prices.

Besides, different state run commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi
Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) have taken initiatives to disburse agri loans on easy
terms to the poor and marginal farmers to help them cultivate the T-Aman
paddy on their land without economical hardship, said a bank official.

In addition, DAE has been conducting training for the farmers for adopting
modern technologies of paddy cultivation, crop management, judicious use of
fertilizer and preservation of quality seed, said additional deputy director
(Crop) M. Akteruzzaman.

To ensure the production of T-Aman paddy in the district this year, the
Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has also kept its
electricity run 505 deep tube wells fully ready to supply irrigation water to
the Aman paddy field, if necessary, said executive engineer M. Azazul Islam.

Talking to the BSS, acting deputy director of DAE M. Showkat Osman said
necessary measures had been taken for availability of fertilizers,
insecticides and other agriculture inputs at the grass root level of the
district during the current Aman season.

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