Aman harvest begins, bumper production likely in RAZ

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Aman harvest begins, bumper production likely in RAZ

RANGPUR, Nov 14 (BSS) – Experts and officials are expecting bumper production of T-Aman as the farmers have already started harvesting the crop everywhere in Rangpur Agriculture Zone (RAZ) this season.

“The farmers have so far completed about 19 percent Aman harvest on an average in all eight districts under the RAZ by Sunday,” Horticulturist Mezbahul Islam Khandker of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said here today.

Meanwhile, the newly harvested Aman rice has appeared in the local markets pushing down its price by Taka 6 to 8 per kg for all varieties and the coarse variety Aman rice is now selling at Taka 23 per kg on an average, market sources said.

Additional Director of the DAE for RAZ Dr Kalidas Debnath today informed BSS that the government has fixed a target of bringing 10,23,822 hectares land under T-Aman cultivation to produce 27,01,901 tonnes rice in the zone this season.

However, the farmers have cultivated the crop in 10,84,162 hectares land which is higher by 60,340 hectares or 5.89 percent than the fixed farming target for the current season and the farmers are getting excellent yield rates now, he said.

“We are expecting even to exceed the fixed production target of 27,01,694 tonnes Aman rice in the RAZ during this season after completion of the harvest by December,” Dr Debnath said.

The farmers have so far harvested Aman crop in 2,03,286 hectares land including short duration paddies in 1,23,334 hectares, hybrid in 12,666 hectares and other varieties in 67,286 hectares land by yesterday, DAE officials said.

The farmers have harvested Aman paddy in 29,050 hectares in Rangpur, 4,055 in Gaibandha, 12,146 in Thakurgaon, 14,035 in Lalmonirhat, 40,206 in Nilphamari, 45,459 in Dinajpur, 43,385 in Thakurgaon and 14,950 hectares in Panchagarh by Sunday.

Deputy Director of the DAE Mamunur Rashid said there was no report of major pest attacks and the farmers are getting excellent Aman yields everywhere in the zone where the traditional Nabanno festivity began.

Talking to BSS today, farmers Abdul Haque, Manmohan Sarker and Mushfiqur Rahman expressed their satisfaction over the yield rates of Aman paddy at the beginning of the harvesting season.

“We have already started farming early variety potato, mustard, winter vegetables and other crops on the same land after harvesting the early variety and short duration Aman paddies and preparing Boro seedbeds now,” they said.

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