In spite of cyclone Fani, which swept over the southern region a few days ago, Boro farmers in Barishal division did not face any major trouble in harvesting their crops.
Instead, it has brought blessings to Aush cultivation, said Taufiqul Alam, deputy director (DD) of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the division.
In the division, Boro harvesting is going on in full swing, he said, adding that the farmers harvested 40 percent of paddy before the cyclone.
One lakh 46 thousand 811 hectares of land in Barishal have been brought under Boro cultivation this year, said Shahinur Azam Khan, assistant director of Barishal DAE, adding that it has already crossed 95 percent of production target despite the cyclone.
Boro farmers of Bivishonkathi village in Jhalakathi Sadar upazila are expecting a good yield this year.
“I was a little bit worried about the possible damage of crops by the cyclone but I’m now delighted as I’m going to get bumper production,” said Anil Gain, a farmer of the village.
Sixty percent of paddy has already been harvested in Barishal region and if the weather is good, farmers will be able to complete harvesting by April 30, said DAE officials.
DD Toufiqul Alam said seasonal rain has brought blessings for Aush cultivation and the production may increase in Barishal division.
About 2,45,115 hectares of land have been targeted for Aus cultivation, he said.