Insolvent people in Rangpur char areas retrieve paddy from rat holes

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 28 Nov 2016, 21:09:19

Insolvent people in Rangpur char areas retrieve paddy from rat holes

Our Correspondent

RANGPUR, Nov 28: A good number of ultra-poor people living in different char areas beside Teesta river under Gangachara, Kawnia and Pirgachha upazilas of the district are now passing busy time in searching and collecting paddy from rat holes.  

These extreme poverty-stricken people move around paddy-fields in search of rat holes during the harvesting period and collect paddy from the holes.

While visiting different remote areas including Char Nazirdaho, Char Ekota, Char Pallimari in Kawnia and Char Mahipur under Gangachara Upazila on Monday this FE correspondent found a good number of char people including many children moving around paddy-fields and collecting grains from the rat holes.

Some kids told this correspondent that they sell the collected paddy in the local markets.

"I get 10 to 12 kgs of paddy from a rat hole and I can dig two to three holes daily. My parents told me to collect grains from the holes instead of going to school, said Hasanur (12), a village boy of Char Nazirdaho under Kawnia Upazila.

Ekramul, of Char Pallimari under the upazila, said rodents make holes about 5.0 to 10 feet deep to store paddy.
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