Netrokona farmers surpass Boro cultivation target

Published: March 23, 2018 13:02:23 | Updated: March 24, 2018 11:38:58

Farmers plant Boro saplings on a piece of land recently in Sirajganj district. FE File Photo

Boro cultivation in the district has exceeded the target this year as farmers have increased its farming capacity by more than four times to recoup the losses they incurred last year due to early flood.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) planned to bring 1,82,301 hectares of land under Boro cultivation with a target of 6,07,770 metric tonnes of paddy this year.

Last year, some 1,64,585 hectares of land was brought under Boro cultivation, reports UNB.

Bilash Chandra Paul, deputy director at the DAE, said the cultivation target has already exceeded by 18,000 hectares of land.

Farmers are also eying a bumper production of Boro this time if the weather condition remains favourable, he added.

"As per government directives, we're providing technical support, particularly the irrigation and pest control facilities -- to the farmers to achieve the production target," said the DAE official.

Commercial banks, especially Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB), have also provided loans to the cultivators to boost production, he said.

According to local reports, farmers Binoy Mollik, Lutfar Rahman and Golam Mustafa of the region have all invested heavily in their lands to recoup losses incurred last year.

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