Boro cultivators suffer acute labour crisis in Rajshahi div

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 21:50:35

Boro cultivators suffer acute labour crisis in Rajshahi div

Gopalganj farmers get fair prices
Our Correspondent

BOGRA, May 17: Thousands of farmers of Rajshahi division are suffering acute labour crisis during the current Boro harvesting period.

A good number of farmers of Bogra, Joypurhat, Pabna, Sirajganj, Naogaon, Natore, Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts said they have to count extra money during paddy harvesting time every season as labour shortage is a common phenomenon in the areas. It raises the production cost, they added.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), over 8,10,750 hectares of land have been brought under the farming of Boro in the division with the production target of 2.0 million tonnes.

While visiting different areas of the district over the last two weeks, this correspondent found that many paddy growers couldn't harvest their ripen crops properly as they did not able to manage sufficient day labourers.

Many of them were also worried if they would able to complete harvest before starting the rainy season.

"I have cultivated 20 bighas of land under Boro cultivation this season spending Tk 0.2 million. Now I have to spend Tk 20,000 for the workers. A day labourer makes Tk 700 to Tk 1,000 per day doing the harvesting jobs. High labour cost shortens our profit", said farmer Hossain Ali of Kuraher village under Dupchanchia upazila in Bogra.

A day labourer Ahad Ali of Ullapara upazila in Sirajganj said he has started working in the paddy field from the first week of the current month and earned Tk 23,000 already. He expects to earn Tk 20,000 more this season.

DAE officials said the newly-harvested paddy is being sold at Tk 700 to Tk 800 and the growers will sell three to four maunds of raw paddy to meet up the costs of the labourers work in one bigha of land.

Meanwhile, our correspondent from Gopalganj adds: Boro farmers here are delighted over the present market prices of the crop this year.

Local farmers' sources said they produced around 50 to 55 maunds of Boro from one local bigha of land this season. They are selling the newly-harvested paddy at Tk 800 to Tk 830 per maund.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), farmers of five upazilas of the district have completed harvesting above 80 per cent of their crop. Rest of the crop will be harvested within a few days.

DAE sources further said the farmers have cultivated high yielding variety of the crop in 54,000 hectares of land with the production target of 2,98,620 tonnes.

Debdash Mondal of village Arpara under Haridashpur union of in Sadar upazila said, "We (farmers) are happy over the bumper production of paddy. I got 55 maunds of Boro crop from per bigha (52 decimals) of land this year."

Abul Bashar Tota Mia, a successful farmer of village Bedgram under Gopalganj Sadar said, he cultivated Boro on 26 decimals of land. After harvesting, 30 maunds of paddy have been achieved. He expects to earn Tk 25,000 as profit this season.
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