Agriculture minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque on Tuesday said that farmers had already harvested 90 per cent of their boro rice in Haor belt and 25 per cent of boro has been harvested across the country.
‘In the haor belt, the rest 10 percent boro is expected to be harvested within a week,’ he said while speaking an online opinion exchange meeting with journalists from his secretariat office.
In the haor belt, the harvest is getting a little bit delayed due to massive cultivation of BRRI 29, a long duration variety, he said.
The minister expressed his hope that the farmers would be able to complete their boro harvest across the country by June.
Abdur Razzaque said that farmers grew boro rice in 4.45 lakh hectares in seven districts – Kishoreganj, Netrokona, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Sylhet and Brahmanbaria.
Of them, over four lakh hectares have already been harvested as on Tuesday, he said, adding that about 12 lakh hectares were harvested across the country.
Farmers have cultivated boro in about 48 lakh hectares land this year, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension.
The DAE officials said that the target of boro production was estimated two crore tonnes in the current season.
About the shortage of labourers, the minister informed that over 3.5 lakh farm workers were engaged with reaping boro rice in the haor belt.
The government has provided the farmers a total of 1322 combined harvesters and 908 reapers to help harvest their boro rice, said Abdur Razzaque.
To ensure fair price, he said that the government decided to procure 8 lakh tonnes of un-husked rice, 1.5 lakh tonnes of Atob rice and 10 lakh tonnes of husked rice.
About special incentives, the minister mentioned that the special incentives of Tk 19,500 crore were announced for agriculture sector and the farmers were provided loans with interest rate of 4 per cent. Besides the farmers would be provided incentives for cultivation of aus and aman rice, he added.
Agriculture ministry’s secretary Md Nasiruzzaman, additional secretaries Arifur Rahman, Kamala Ranjan Das, Hasanuzzaman Kollol and Agriculture Marketing Department director general Mohammad Yusuf were connected with the online meeting.
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