According to the latest information available, it has been highlighted that the farmers produced over 20.64 lakh tonnes of Boro rice during the last Rabi season in all five districts under Rangpur agriculture zone that plays a vital role in ensuring the country's food security as stated by the official sources of Agriculture Department. However, the fixed production target of 20.97 lakh tonnes of Boro rice could not be achieved following a little shortfall against the fixed cultivation target as the farmers cultivated less irrigation water consuming wheat and maize crops on more lands. Further, according to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, Boro crop was cultivated on 5.01 lakh hectares of land, which was 99.8 percent against the fixed target of 5.02 lakh hectares to produce 20.97 lakh tonnes clean Boro rice in last season.
Further, it has been explained that the fixed target included production of 7.57 lakh tonnes of hybrid variety Boro rice from 1.51 lakh hectares land, 13.35 lakh tonnes of high yielding variety rice from 3.49 lakh hectares and 4,255 tonnes of local variety Boro rice from 2,127 hectares land.The achieved average yield rate stood at 4.74 tonnes clean rice per hectare of land for hybrid variety, 3.88 tonnes for high yielding variety and 2.14 tonnes per hectare of land for local variety Boro rice during the last Rabi season in the region.However, the Boro output marked little shortfall following crop diversification, enhanced cultivation of wheat and maize and ongoing efforts for reducing more irrigation water consuming crop cultivation in the region, as narrated by a horticulture specialist of the DAE Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam.
In this regard, further it was also revealed that the farmers finally produced 6.68 lakh tonnes of hybrid Boro rice from 1.41 lakh hectares of land, over 13.89 lakh tonnes high yielding variety rice from 3.57 lakh hectares and 6,606 tonnes local variety Boro rice from 3,090 hectares of land last season. According to the Rangpur Regional Additional Director of DAE Md Shah Alam it has been stated that the farmers got excellent yield rate of Boro rice as a result of smooth cultivation of the crop, timely supply of electricity, diesel, other inputs and facilities provided by the government.