Sunday, 3 July, 2022

Boro paddy in 10 villages submerged in Jamalpur flood

JAMALPUR: Boro paddy of 10 villages has been submerged due to flash floods at Melandah upazila in the district.

Thousands of farmers are facing great difficulties about this. They are trying to harvest the drowned paddy. However, the cost of transporting labor and paddy increased.

According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources, boro paddy has been cultivated in 20,200 hectares of land including Roumari and Ilshamari beels besides Jhaugara, Ghosherpara, Kapashantia, Purba Kapashatia, Sheikhsadi, Tupkarchar, Fakirpara, Beltail, Bagbari and Talukpara of the upazila.

Of these, 4,150 hectares of paddy has been cultivated in Jhaugara and Ghosherpara unions.

The hard-earned ripe and semi-ripe paddy of the farmers was suddenly submerged in the flood waters in the last few days. Meanwhile, the farmers are not getting workers along even with Tk 1000 to 1500. Boats are not available. So, most of the paddy is being wasted in the field.

Nurul Islam, a farmer from Kapashantia village, said he cultivated boro on seven bighas of land this year. The yield of paddy was also good. But suddenly the whole field was submerged in water.

Nurul further said he rented a boat with a wage of Tk 1,400 per hour and a contract of Tk 1,200 and harvested two bighas of paddy. The rest of the paddy is still submerged. Now he does not understand how to cut the rest of the paddy.

Farmer Kabir Hossain said ripe and semi-ripe paddy of 12 bighas of land has been submerged in the last two days. He was able to harvest the paddy of six bighas but could not harvest the rest due to labor crisis and extra wages.

Melandah Upazila Agriculture Officer Abdullah Al Faisal said the water was receding by a few feet every day. Now only 10 acres of land is left to be harvested.