Farmers and agriculture officials are expecting bumper production of Boro paddy at Biswanath upazila of the district in the current season. Cultivation of Boro paddy in Biswanath upazila shows bright prospect and the yield is expected to stand near 25,000 tonnes, according to the upazila agriculture office. About 7,30,00 hectares land of the upazila was brought under Boro cultivation in the current season. Paddy fields have already taken a ripe golden hue and the harvest will begin in full swing in the next week. However, a few of the farmers have already started harvesting the paddy as they are worried about tentative Kalbaishakhi storm and hailstorm, which are common phenomenon at this time of the year. Talking to UNB, Aftab Ali of Noagaon village said he has already started harvesting the paddy and the production is satisfactory. Golam Ali Rabbani of Dearigaon village said although he expected a very good paddy output, the yield would stand a bit lower than the expectation as the standing crops in his field was affected by the hailstorm during the last month. Narendranath Dutta of Ramkrishna village said his paddy has grown well, but it can be damaged if the hailstorm hits again. Upazila agriculture officer Khairul Amin told UNB that there will be bumper production of paddy, provided there is no severe storm before the harvest. Farmers have cultivated both local and high yielding varieties (HYV) of Boro paddy, including Tepi, Khaiya, Garbi, Mayna Shail, BRRI Dhan 28, BRRI Dhan 29, he added. Gafargaon (Mymensingh) Correspondent adds: Bumper production of Boro is likely in Gouripur Upazila of Mymensingh as the crop grows excellent amid favourable climatic conditions this season. The farmers have finally cultivated the crop in 20,870 hectares land exceeding the fixed farming target of bringing 15,850 hectares by five per cent in the region this season, Shahjahan Seraj , Upazila Agriculture Officer said on Thursday. The Boro crop is growing excellent following recent adequate, timely and frequent rains or water supply and the farmers have already started harvesting early in Gouripur. “We are expecting bumper production of about 84,306 metric tonnes Boro rice against the fixed target of producing 74,440 rice this season in Gouripur upazila,” the sources said.