SYLHET: An ambitious programme has been taken up for cultivating Boro paddy during the current season in the districts of Sylhet, officials informed.
Farmers of the areas are now passing busy time preparing their lands and procuring seeds and other inputs for the crop.
Some 456,835 hectares of land in the division will be used for cultivating the crop with a target to produce 17,82,000 tonnes of rice, informed the deputy director of the DAE, Sylhet divisional office.
Of the total, 76,830 hectares would be in Sylhet district to produce 280 tonnes of rice, 50,485 hectares in Moulvibazar with the producing targeted of 193,600 tonnes of rice, 113,600 hectares in Habiganj with 471,000 tonnes of target and 215,900 hectares in Sunamganj district with a target to produce 838,000 tonnes of rice.
The authority has taken up measures for ensuring supply of quality seeds from the BADC while some quality seeds would be available from the well to do farmers in all the districts, the official added.
About 45 per cent crops would be cultivated on the 106 haors in the region, Dr. Mamun said adding, some additional steps are being taken up for all out coordination and monitoring of the agriculture staff.
The farmers are also showing their interest for maximising the crop production in the region this year, he said and added, they were now engaged in preparing seedbeds.
RK (Roksaba Kasem)