GAIBANDHA, Apr 07 (BSS): Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has taken up an initiative to produce quality seed of Boro paddy at farmers' level in all the seven upazilas in the district during the current Boro season.
The initiative is being implemented under the project of production of quality seed of paddy, wheat and jute at farmers' level through the modern agriculture technologies.
A total of 58 demonstration plots had been set up in the field of the enthusiastic farmers this year aimed at inspiring the fellow farmers so that they are interested to produce seed at their own initiative on their land in coming seasons.
Of the total, some 10 plots had been set up in Sadar upazila, Gobindaganj upazila and Sundarganj upazila each, nine in Sadullapur upazila, seven in Palashbari and Shaghataupazila each, five in Fulchhari upazila of the district.
DAE's sub-assistant agriculture officers working in the field level are also assisting the owners of the demonstration plots to make the seed production in the plots successful.
Besides, district seed certification agency officer agriculturist Showkat Osman is also giving advice and technological support to the owners of the plots to attain the cherished goals of the plots.
The crops grew well in the plots that are showing the growers to get desired output against the crop.
Deputy director (DD) of the DAE agriculturist Masudur Rahman said he was monitoring the works of the SAAOs closely to produce quality seed production in farmers' level through setting up demonstration plots.
In Panchagarh, farmers and Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials are expecting bumper Boro production during the current season.
The Boro fields now take greenish look as the tender paddy plants are growing well in all five upazilas of the district. The farmers are busy nurturing Boro plants and giving fertilizers on the fields with the hope of bumper yield.DAE office sources said there is no fertilizer and water supply shortage while no pests attack took place, making the agriculture officers hopeful about bumper production.
DAE sources said 30,125 hectares of land have been brought under Boro cultivation in the district with the production target of 1,33,750tonnes of fresh rice this season.
DAE deputy director MdMizanur Rahman saidBoro cultivation has exceeded by over 200 hectares of land in the district, though the department fixed the target of cultivation on 30, 125 hectares of land.
The Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) distributed high quality Boro seeds to the farmers at fair price.
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