Livestock dept to disburse Tk 7.0m among Sylhet flood-hit farmers

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 12 Jun 2017, 21:47:18

Livestock dept to disburse Tk 7.0m among Sylhet flood-hit farmers

Fishermen demand right to fishing in open waterbodies
Our Correspondent

SYLHET, June 12: The Livestock Department would disburse Tk 7.0 million among the flood-hit farmers of 24 upazilas of four districts in Sylhet division preliminarily for buying cattle feed and required medicines and others. The initiative would be started within a few days and completed by the current month. Upazila-level offices of the department will disburse the fund.

Deputy Director of Livestock Department, Sylhet division, Md Gias Uddin told this correspondent on Sunday the money disbursement would be completed within a fortnight. Of the total, Tk 2.6 million is being given for vaccine and medicines, Tk 3.0 million for cattle feed and Tk 1.4 million for repairing the damaged cattle sheds.

Besides, the department distributed four tonnes of high yielding varieties of grass cutting among the farmers of Sunamganj and Habiganj districts so that they could plant those on their lands and mitigate their cattle feed crisis, the official added.

A mini-nursery of grass like 'Napier' and 'German' varieties has also been established at all the upazila office premises in Sunamganj to help the farmers in time.

It may be stated that the farmers of the division lost cattle feed worth Tk 1,690 million by the devastating floods this year.

Meanwhile, speakers at a rally in Sunamganj district town on Saturday demanded steps for letting the fishermen fish on the open water bodies. Besides, they demanded cancelling the lease of the water bodies, which had already been leased out to big shots.

They raised the demands since the fishermen of the district had been hardly hit due to the recent devastating floods, the speakers added.

Citizens' forum 'Haor Banchao, Sunamganj Banchao' organised it with its convener Bazlul Mazid Chowdhury chaired while freedom fighters Abu Sufian and Malek Hossain Peer, professor Chitta Ranjan Talukder, advocate Enam Ahmed and the forum's member-secretary Bindu Talukder also addressed, among others.

The speakers further noted over 0.1 million fishermen in the district were hard hit by the unprecedented and early floods this year. Besides due to polluted water they were barred from fishing in the backdrop of random deaths of fish. The government had already taken some measures to help the peasants and fishermen through food assistance. But the fishermen need right to fish on the open water bodies, the speakers asserted.
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