Over 24-lakh rats eliminated, saving 18,223 tonnes crops in Khulna

22 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

KHULNA: The farmers, field level agriculture officials, teachers, students and common people eliminated over 24.30 lakh rats and saving 18,223 tonnes of crops worth Taka 39-crore last year in all ten districts of Khulna division.

Agriculturists disclosed the information on Monday morning at the launching function of the month-long Rat Elimination Campaign-2019 and distribution of prizes among successful rat-killers of all districts under the Khulna agriculture region, reports BSS.

The Khulna regional office of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and Sadar upazila office jointly organised the function at conference room of the DAE’s Additional Director in the city.

Mayor of Khulna City Corporation Talukder Abdul Khaleque attended the function and inaugurated the campaign as the chief guest.

Regional Additional Director of DAE agriculturist Kazi Abdul Mannan addressed the function as special guest with Additional Deputy Commissioner (LA) Md. Iqbal Hossain in the chair.

Deputy Directors of DAE Khulna Pankaj Kanti Majumdar and Additional Deputy Director (Plant Protection) of DAE, District Training Officers, Upazila Agriculture Officers, Agriculture Extension Officers, Sub-assistant Agriculture Officers and farmers from all over the district were present.

Regional Additional Director of DAE agriculturist Kazi Abdul Mannan screened power point presentation narrating the damages being caused by rats to crops and properties annually and suggested the way-outs.

Side by side with destroying 10 to 12 percent or even more of cereal and other crops, rats damage boundaries of arable lands, roads, flood control embankments, irrigation canals and other properties every year in the country.

DD of DAE Pankaj said agriculture activists, farmers, students, teachers and common people participated in the campaign last year killing over 24.30 lakh rats saving 18,233 tonnes of various crops in Khulna agriculture region.

“Rats annually destroy huge paddy sufficient for feeding 50-55 lakh people in the country,” he said putting stress on creating social awareness for eliminating rats to save huge crops for attaining sustainable national food security.

The chief guest called upon field level agriculture officials and workers, farmers, students, teachers and common people to make the rat elimination campaign successful and save huge crops for national food security.

Later, he distributed prizes among farmers, sub-assistant agriculture officers and educational institutions of the region for killing maximum number of rats last year.

Earlier, The DAE of Khulna region brought out a rally led by KCC Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque and paraded at main streets in the city with chanting different awareness building slogan including ‘Eliminate Rats and saving our crops, clothes, documents, residence and money.