SIRAJGANJ, Jan 14: The district Agriculture Extension Department (AED) has taken up an extensive scheme to cultivate Boro paddy on 58,589 hectares of land in nine upazilas of Sirajganj district under intensive annual crops production programme.
The production target has been fixed at 2,75,732 tonnes of paddy. According to AED sources, Boro paddy of high yielding variety (HYV) will be cultivated on 47,012 hectares with a production target of 1,37,087 tonnes while the local variety will be cultivated on 1,572 hectares with a production target of 2,638 tonnes.
Meanwhile, a large number of farmers in Sirajganj have changed their lot through cultivating cauliflower in the five upazilas of the district in recent days. About 30 to 50 farmers under Ullapara upazila told this correspondent that they had become affluent after cultivating cauliflower. They said Tk. 40,000-45000 could be earned from one bigha of land by growing cauliflower adding that the investment for that was only Tk. 3,000.
District Agriculture Extension Department sources said cultivation of cauliflower is increasing in the district in recent years. Some block supervisors told this correspondent that Sirajganj district was quite suitable for the cultivation of cauliflower and cabbage. It was also their expert opinion that if the farmers were provided with agricultural loan and other inputs they could easily get higher yields.