Waterlogging delays Boro cultivation in Jagannathpur

Our Correspondent

5 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

SUNAMGANJ: Farmers of different parts of the country started Boro paddy transplantation in current season. Boro seedlings have been grown and those are now being planted in farmlands.

But many farmers in the haor areas of Jagannathpur upazila in the district have still not been able to prepare Boro paddy seedbeds due to “water stagnation in their farmlands”.

Local farmers blamed Bhurakhali sluice gate blockage for the water logging in their farmlands in Nalua Haor, the largest among the swamps, of the area.

Farmers say they are facing real difficulties in draining out the water from their fields as fish cultivators put a blockade at the Bhurakhali sluice gate.

This blockade has been posing as the biggest hurdle for them to prepare the seedbeds for cultivating Boro paddy this winter for summer harvest. Seedbed finishing is the final step in soil preparation for sowing crops.

“This year, Boro crop cultivation has been hit as the tenants of Hamhami Jalmahal have blocked the waterway with bamboos and nets for fishing,” says Mia, a farmer from Bhurakhali village.

Another farmer, Nagendra Das, a resident of Dasnowagaon village, claims that waterlogging has rendered his 1.2 acres of land in the haor uncultivable. Despite several complaints, he alleges, authorities are yet to redress their problems.

“Cultivation this year has been disrupted due to the non-discharge of water from farm lands,” says Randhir Das, a member of the local union council.

When contacted, Jagannathpur Upazila Agriculture Officer Shawkat Osman Majumder admitted that he was apprised of the problems by the local farmers. 

“Some 6,500 hectares of land are cultivated in Nalua Haor every year. Anyway, I have asked the lessees to remove the dam as soon as I got the news of the disruption. If the lessees do not remove the dam, we will take legal action,” he said.