Free BRRI hybrid-7 variety seeds had been distributed among the farmers in Bhola and the variety was cultivated on 198 hectares of land
At least 23 maunds of paddy has been produced in one bigha of land which is a record in country’s Aus production.
The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) confirmed this after harvesting the crop on a demonstration plot at Charmansha village under Rajapur union of Bhola on Wednesday.
“A record yield has been achieved from BRRI hybrid-7, an Aus variety, while the country’s average Aus production was not more than 10-12 maunds (one maund equals 37.32kg) in a bigha,” according to the official data revealed by the DAE.
M Yanur Rahman Biplob, a farmer of village Charmansha of Rajapur union under Bhola district, planted BRRI hybrid-7 variety seed on 8 hectares of land on April 8 and then seedlings were transplanted on May 3.
About 110 days later, almost 7 tons of paddy on a hectare of land or at least 23 maunds on a bigha was reaped after harvesting the crop on July 28. The yield was 4.60 tons per hectare in the form of rice, the DAE disclosed at a function.
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Chaired by Abu Mohammad Enayet Ullah, deputy director of the DAE in Bhola, the program was also joined virtually by DAE’s Director General M Asadullah, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) Director General Dr M Shahjahan Kabir and DAE’s field service wing Director AKM Manirul Alam, among others.
Per hectare production cost was Tk60,000 and farmer’s net profit was Tk70,000 when the farmer sold the paddy at a cost of Tk750 per maund. Farmer’s estimated net profit from Aus production on 8 hectares of land was Tk5,70,000.
Free BRRI hybrid-7 variety seeds have been distributed among the farmers in Bhola free of cost and the variety was cultivated on 198 hectares of land, said DAE deputy director of Bhola Abu Mohammad Enayet Ullah.
“The crop cutting result of BRRI hybrid-7 variety is optimistic ...we will take necessary steps to enhance cultivation of the variety,” said DAE DG.
BRRI Director General said that the yield of the variety is more than other varieties cultivated during the Aus season, adding: “We will be more careful to disseminate the variety among the farmers through the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC).”