Aush paddy on 56,000 hectares of land across the country has been affected by the latest wave of the flood triggered by heavy rainfall and onrush of water from upstream rivers.
Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque provided the information while talking to reporters after a meeting with Maldives High Commissioner Shiruzimath Sameer on Tuesday. “The current flood affected Aush paddy on around 22,000 hectares of land in Sunamganj and Sylhet districts alone. The flood spread to Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Moulvibazar and some other districts,” he said.
The minister said various programmes are being taken to ensure that the production of Aman paddy is not affected. Aman is a big crop in the country, where about 15 million tonnes of rice is produced annually.
“Now the work of making seedbed of transplanted Aman has started. If the flooding doesn’t deteriorate further, the seedbeds won’t be damaged. However, if the flood is prolonged, the seedbeds will be damaged,” he said.
Seedlings that have been sown will be replanted if damaged. We have enough seeds which will be given to farmers. On the other hand, if the floods are prolonged, initiatives will be taken to cultivate late variety paddy, the minister said.
The High Commissioner of Maldives has showed interest in importing mangoes from Bangladesh.
The Maldives will assist in the extraction of huge marine resources of Bangladesh, he said.