Ropa Aman farming in full swing in Jhenidah
Hundreds of farmers in the district have started planting Ropa Aman paddy with the hope of getting fair prices. The growers are eager to start Aman farming earlier to get high yield.
In the last Boro season, the growers got good prices. Due to this, farmers have started planting Ropa Aman earlier this year to get fair prices.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Jhenidah, 10,1250 hectares of land in six upazilas of the district were brought under Ropa Aman cultivation in 2018-2019 and 10,4125 hectares in 2019-2020. Meanwhile, 104125 hectares of land have been brought under the paddy cultivation in 2020-2021.
In 2020-2021, the target of Aman cultivation in Sadar upazila is 31380 hectares, 24885 hectares in Shailakupa, 20150 hectares in Harinakundo, 21140 hectares in Moheshpur, 6120 hectares in Kotchandpur and 18550 hectares in Kaliganj upazila.
Farmer Arman Ali of Enayetpur village in Kaliganj upazila said he cultivated Boro paddy on two bighas of land in the last season and got 36 maunds and sold Tk 1000 per maund.
This year, he will plant Ropa Aman on more four bighas of land to get fair prices, he said.
Another grower Altaf Hossain of Taherhuda village in Harinakundo upazila said he got fair prices by selling Boro paddy last year.
He will plant Ropa Aman on three bighas of land this season as the market price of the paddy remains satisfactory, said Altaf.
Deputy Director Kripangshu Biswas of Jhenidah DAE said the farmers got fair prices by selling Boro paddy in the last season. The target will be exceeded this year as the farmers are planting Ropa Aman spontaneously with the hope of getting fair prices.