Flood plays havoc with paddy fields in eight dists of Rangpur division

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 22 Aug 2017, 21:19:00
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Flood plays havoc with paddy fields in eight dists of Rangpur division

Our Correspondent


RANGPUR, Aug 22: Ongoing flash flood triggered by incessant rain and onrush of water from the upstream over the last one week has caused massive havoc to a vast area of Aman paddy field in eight districts under Rangpur division.

Around 3,33,000  hectares of Aman field have been damaged due to flood water under the division over last one week, making the farmers apprehensive about achieving their desired output of the crop this season.

According to DAE official sources the loss would be around Tk 6.90 billion.

Expressing apprehension farmers alleged that many farmers of the region would not be able to transplant Aman seedlings again on their land due to scarcity of saplings and shortage of time. A good number of them might have to cultivate Robi crops on their lands instead of Aman paddy, they added.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) official sources said Aman paddy was cultivated on some 9,89,308 hectares of land this year in eight districts under the division. The districts are Rangpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh. Around one-third of the cultivated Aman field has been inundated by flood water, sources also said.

Hakim Mia, an Aman grower of Shankardaho village at Lakkhitari union under Gangachara upazila in Rangpur told FE seedlings of newly planted Aman paddy on that his one bigha of land has begun rotting as it remained under floodwater for last one week.

Manik, another farmer of Char Dhusmara at Kawnia upazila in Rangpur district said he took loan from a local money lender for Aman farming this season. But the flood submerged his Aman paddy field on two bighas. His entire paddy field perished due to flooding. Now he is worried as he will not be able to repay his loan, he apprehended.

In this situation the affected farmers have appealed for government help to buy saplings and fertilisers to plant Aman seedlings again after the recession of floodwater.

According to DAE, Rangpur official sources necessary steps will be taken so that the affected cultivators of the region can transplant Aman saplings again to recoup their losses.

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