25,700 poor farmers get incentive for farming Aus varieties in Sylhet

Distribution of Tk 3,45,66,500 incentive among the poor farmers in Sylhet division has completed to help them cultivate high yielding varieties of Aus paddy during the ongoing Kharif-1 season, official sources informed yesterday.

The amount is being spent for seed, fertilisers and in irrigation assistances. Besides, separate amount would be given for clearing weeds. A total of 25,700 farmers are brought under the programme.

Krishna Chandra Hore, additional director of DAE, Sylhet division, said under the special incentive programme around 25,700 bighas of land would be cultivated this year. It includes, 8700 bighas in each of Sylhet and Habiganj while 8300 bighas in Moulvibazar.

For each bigha of land a farmer was supplied with 5.0 kg of seed, 20 kg of Urea, 10 kg of DAP, 10 kg of Murate of Potash fertilisers, the source informed.

Besides, Tk 5.21 million is being spent in incentive for the 2700 farmers in the said districts for cultivating Nerika paddy during the season, said Dr Mamun Ur Rashid, deputy director of DAE.

It includes, Tk 0.8 million for each of Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts and Tk 3.4 million for Habiganj.

The amount has already been spent for seed, fertilisers, irrigation assistances and for clearing weeds. Under the programme 2700 bighas of land would be cultivated. It includes, 450 bighas in each of Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts while 1800 bighas in Habiganj.

In addition to transportation cost, the farmers were given 10 kg of Nerika paddy seed, 20 kg of Urea, 10 kg of DAP, 10 kg of Mop fertilisers and irrigation assistance money for one bigha land, the official added.

The seed distribution was done through BADC (Seed), the official informed.