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Boro seedling transplantation begins in Rangpur region

RANGPUR, Jan 10, 2017 (BSS) -Farmers have already started transplantation of Boro seedling to make the fixed farming programme successful in Rangpur agriculture zone during the current Rabi season.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, the farmers have already prepared seedbeds on 27,091 hectares of land against the fixed target of preparing the same on 23,635 hectares in the region.

"The farmers have already transplanted Boro seedling on over 2,200 hectares of land as the process will get full momentum by this month end in the region," said horticulture specialist of the DAE Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam.

The DAE, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, Barind Multipurpose Development Authorities and other organisations have taken adequate steps to make the Boro cultivation programme successful.

"The farmers are not facing any hurdle now amid favourable climatic conditions and the authorities concerned have taken steps to ensure a smooth supply of diesel, power and fertilisers as part of the comprehensive steps taken by the government," Islam added.

According to the DAE sources, the department has fixed a target of
producing over 20.69 lakh tonnes of clean Boro rice from 5.02 lakh hectares of land in all five districts under Rangpur agriculture zone during this winter season.

According to official sources, the fixed target of Boro rice production for Rangpur region stands at 10.80 percent of the fixed national target of producing over 1.91 crore tonnes from 48 lakh hectares of land in the country this season.

The farmers have been preparing their lands and transplanting Boro seedling in all five districts of Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha under Rangpur agriculture zone.

"Meanwhile, transplantation of Boro seedling in the low-lying lands, beels, haors and riverine areas is nearing completion as harvest of the crop will complete there before commencement of the rainy season," said deputy director of the DAE SM Asharf Ali.

According to the DAE sources, the farmers will produce 7.17 lakh tonnes of hybrid variety Boro rice from 1.51 lakh hectares of land, 13.48 lakh tonnes of high yielding variety Boro rice from 3.49 hectares and 3,768 tonnes of local variety rice from 1,884 hectares of land this time in the region.

Regional additional director of the DAE Mohammad Shah Alam said
comprehensive steps were taken to ensure a smooth supply of fertilisers and electricity to the farmers for making the Boro cultivation programme successful.

"The farmers will largely adopt the conservation agriculture technologies in farming Boro crop this season to produce more Boro rice reducing lifting of underground water, saving electricity and improving environment," he added.