Netrakona Correspondent : Farmers harvested a record amount of transplanted Aman paddy (T-Aman) in Netrakona district during the last Aman season due to favourable weather condition and concerted efforts of cultivators and concerned officials. District Agriculture Extension department (DAED) officers here said, over 3, 53,000 metric tons of Aman rice were produced on 1, 39,180 hectors of lands in ten upazilas of Netrakona district during the last Aman season. They said , a target was fixed by the government to cultivate the T-Aman paddy on 1,33,559 hectors of land with a plan for producing 3,13 lakhs metric tons of T-Aman rice during the current season. But, the farmers could cultivate the T-Aman paddy on 1,39,180 hectors of land and produced 3,53,730 metric tons of Aman rice in the district by exceeding both the cultivation and production targets as the weather condition remained favorable and the government properly supplied improved quality seeds, seedlings, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs to the door-steps of the farmers at fair prices, they informed. Apart from this, the government extended cooperation to the farmers to run the T-Aman cultivation network properly by distributing agricultural loan among them from all the state-run banks including Sonali, Agrani and Krishi Banks, the DAED officers added. Talking to the new -nation correspondent, the Deputy director of the DAED Netrakona Kazi Nurul Islam said that the field-level officials including crops specialists of the DAED rendered their field-level service in the rural areas of the district to encourage the farmers to take “modern methods of T-Aman cultivation” side by side with taking integrated pest management (IPM) methods to protect the crops from the pest attacks and other diseases.