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Sylhet farmers bring more land under Aus cultivation

5Farmers of Sylhet division are engaged in cultivating Aus paddy in full swing. A programme in this regard during the current Kharif-1 season was taken up for bringing 138,939 hectares of land under Aus farming, official sources informed. It is about 4.0 per cent above than the last year’s farming area on 134,025 hectares.
Deputy director of DAE, Sylhet divisional office, Dr Mamun Ur Rashid said as the farming season is passing fast, the farmers are engaged in last time preparation. Already they have cultivated the crop on 135937 hectares, he said.
It includes 46083 hectares against the target of 48,660 in Sylhet, 43237 hectares against a target of 44070 hectares in Moulvibazar and 39930 hectares against the target of 39,536 hectares in Habiganj district. Besides, 6687 hectares were cultivated in Sunamganj district against its target of 6673 hectares.
Of the total, hybrid Aus varieties are being cultivated on 150 hectares while 135,682 hectares would be under the different high yielding varieties and the local varieties would be cultivated on 3107 hectares, the official added.
Under the targeted programme, 361,480 tonnes of rice would be produced in the division against the last year’s 349,233 tonnes. This year’s production target includes 119,800 tonnes in Sylhet, 118,794 tonnes in Moulvibazar, 106,406 tonnes in Habiganj and 16480 tonnes in the district of Sunamganj.
This year 25,700 selected farmers in 234 unions under 28 upazilas of Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Habiganj, have been covered under incentive programme. They were already given HYV seeds and fertilisers and other expenses worth Tk 345,66,500.
Moreover, 2700 farmers were given Nerika variety seeds and 40 kgs of fertilisers for one bigha land each free of cost. The Nerika paddy farming incentive programme has cost another Tk 52,11,000.
These selected farmers were given incentive in seed and fertiliser, the official informed. Under the programme, each of the farmers are being supplied with 10 kg seed of HYV and 40 kg fertiliser for one bigha land, he added.

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