POST TIME: 10 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Farmers exceed T-Aman farming target

Farmers exceed T-Aman farming target

RANGPUR: The farmers have exceeded the fixed target of farming Transplanted Aman (T- Aman) this season as transplantation of seedling still continues in Rangpur agriculture region, reports BSS.

Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said the farmers have so far transplanted T-Aman rice seedling on 5.95 lakh hectares of land, exceeding the targeted land area for cultivation of the crop by 0.15 percent.

“As transplantation of late varieties of T-Aman rice will continue till mid-September, the farmers will bring more land under its cultivation,” Horticulture Specialist of the DAE Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam at its regional office said here today. The farmers have already brought 5.95 lakh hectares of land under cultivation of T-Aman rice against the fixed target of bringing 5.94-lakh hectares of land under its farming to produce 16.39-lakh tonnes of clean T-Aman rice this season in the region.

“Due to inadequate rainfalls, the farmers have put 61,734 irrigation pumps, including 1,298 deep and 59,756 shallow tube wells, 198 low lift and 482 other pumps into operation for supplementary irrigation to their T-Aman fields in the region,” Islam said.

Side by side with the DAE, Barind Multipurpose Development Authority, BADC and authority of the Teesta Barrage Project are assisting the farmers to ensure supplementary irrigation to make the T-Aman rice farming programme a success, he said.

Talking to BSS, Additional Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md Moniruzzaman said the farmers have become more experienced over the years in facing any situation like droughts to manage their T-Aman cultivation activities.

“The farmers are providing supplementary irrigation to their T-Aman fields using lifted underground water when and where necessary due to lack of adequate seasonal rainfalls to irrigate the growing plants of the crop,” he said.