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With 98 per cent of harvesting completed, Aus production in Sylhet's four districts is expected to be lower than the 4.71 lakh tonnes target. According to officials from the Department of Agricultural Extension in Sylhet, the drought-like conditions caused by low rainfall during the cultivation period is what led to the failure of reaching the production target. The circumstances were such that Aus was successfully grown by farmers on 1,74,471 ha of land. This is approximately 84 percent of the total 2,078,820 ha of land designated by the DAE for this season. According to DAE data, the area under cultivation was 29,033 hectares larger last season. Dilip Kumar Adhikari is the additional director of DAE Sylhet. He stated that "multiple pragmatic steps taken by the government had encouraged farmers expand Aus cultivation, but production fell due to drought." Kazi LutfulBari, DAE deputy Director in Moulvibazar, stated that harvesting will end within a few days, if the weather