The harvesting of T-Aman has started expecting bumper production with exceeding its fixed target in five out of seven Upazilas of the district during the current season, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said here today.
Earlier, a total of 4,000 small and marginal farmers received seed and fertilizer as incentives from the government for boosting the production of Aman paddy in the district during the current season.
The DAE office sources said the government has distributed five kilograms (kgs) of Aman seed for cultivating one bigha of land and necessary fertilizers, including 10 KGs of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and 10 KGs of Muriate of Potash (MoP), each of the listed farmers free of cost.
The DAE office sources said Aman paddy generally grows on alluvial soil. So, the seed was distributed among the selected farmers of five upazilas of the district. The Upazilas are-Manikganj Sadar, Saturia, Singair, Ghior and Daulatpur.
The farmers of the district have cultivated the Aman paddy on their land after harvesting the Boro paddy.
The T-Aman cultivators mainly depend on rainy seasonal water. However, the seasonal water was not available during the current season. So the rainwater was very helpful for the cultivation of T-Aman in the district. Some of the cultivators are also dependent on swallow machine water all over the area.
Deputy Director of the DAE Abu Mohammad Enayet Ullah said the department had set a target of cultivation of T-Aman paddy on 10,050 hectares of land with a production target of 33,789 metric tons of clean rice in the district during the current season. However, the farmers cultivated 11462 hectares of land, 1412 hectares more than the fixed target.