A farmer at Tona village in Pirojpur Sadar upazila stacks up aus paddy by the side of a road after harvest. He also brought a threshing machine but cannot use it fearing that rain water may damage the paddy or wash it away from the road. The photo also shows aman saplings on a seedbed ready for being planted on the field after the aus harvest. PHOTO: STAR
Growers of aus paddy in different upazilas under the district are passing busy time in harvesting the crop and preparing the same land for planting aman seedlings there.
The yield this year is good as there was not any serious natural disaster, farmers said.
“I am expecting to get around 28-30 maunds (one maund = 40 kg) of paddy from my one bigha of land. I spent around Tk 4,000 for the cultivation,” said Md Zyat Hossain of Uttor Tona village under Pirojpur Sadar upazila as he was collecting paddy from the field.
The market price of one maund of paddy is Tk 450 to 500, said local growers.
Meanwhile, farmers are facing problem to harvest paddy due to heavy rainfall.
“Most of the paddy of my two and a half bigha of land is ripe, but I am yet to collect them as it has been raining for a few days. We pay Tk 300 daily to a labourer. But most labourers don't like to work in such water,” said Abdus Sobahan of Kadamtala village in Pirojpur Sadar upazila.
Farmers often use roads for threshing paddy, much to the disturbance of vehicular movement.
“As there is no dry space nearby, I am using the road for threshing paddy,” said Ramjan Ali, who was threshing paddy on the road at Parerhat village in Zianagar upazila.
“Aus has grown very well due to favourable weather this year. Besides, farmers now use other fertilisers with urea,” said Md Nazmul Karim, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Pirojpur.
Different species of aus paddy have been cultivated on 19,675 hectares of land in the district while it was 23,510 hectares of land last year, DAE sources said.