SYLHET, Apr 13: A total of 341, 013 farmers of Sylhet division suffered the huge crop loss by the recent calamity, official sources informed today. It includes 103,104 in Sylhet, 30,828 in Moulvibazar, 35,211 in Habiganj and the highest 171,870 in Sunamganj, informed the Deputy Director of the DAE at its divisional office Dr. Mamun Ur Rashid.
He told this correspondent the approximate production loss has been estimated to be 248,631 metric tonnes of rice considering total loss of 113,672 hectares in the region although the inaundated area was 181,369 hectares having standing crops. The crops were set to be harvested by the end of April.
All it happened due to the excessive rains coupled with gushing of water from the upper region in Meghalaya and Assam states of India.
A conservative calculation shows the damaged crop (in terms of rice at government price) would cost Tk 7956.192 million. However, the market price is higher.
There is no scope to save even part of the damaged crop since the paddy plants had already gone rotten due to the several weeks' inundation, he said and added, the common and marginal farmers are extremely hit this year.
Meanwhile, locals from all walks of life today took out a procession in Sunamganj district town to raise protest against the 'WDB's corruption in construction and reconstruction of the Haor protection embankments'. They also held a rally.
Several other protests through human chain and rallies at the Sylhet city and Sunamganj district town and other upazilas also took place during the last 2 weeks in protest against the irregularities.
They demanded stern action against the concerned officials and contractors.
The government had earlier sanctioned over Tk 600 million for the different schemes for protecting the Boro paddy on the haors in the 2 districts this year. A good amount of that had been eaten up, the social and political leaders, including the ruling party men alleged.
They now expect a probe committee to investigate the irregularities as the state minister for finance had already assured at a meeting days ago.