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29 hectares of Aman fields under water, alleges negligence of the people

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Aman paddy was severely damaged by the recent Cyclone Midhili in Feni. Aman paddy fell into the water. Aman paddy fields in various low-lying areas including Fazilpur, Kazirbagh, Motbi, Chagalnaya’s Shubopur and Sonagazi upazilas of Sadar upazila are still submerged in water.

Fear and uncertainty have arisen whether the farmers will be able to bring home the rice of the cropland in different upazilas of Feni. Farmers say there is doubt whether even one-third of the cost per acre will be recovered in terms of seeds, fertilizers and labor wages.

Farmers and locals are blaming the negligence of Feni Water Development Board (Paubo) for not taking the necessary water drainage initiative of Muhuri irrigation project for this crop failure.

They say that there are fertilizers, seeds and pesticides given by the government in the farmer’s house. But as the land is submerged in water, this incentive of the government is of no use. If the water development board had taken action 10 to 15 days earlier, the farmers would not have suffered this loss.

Abdul Karim, a farmer of Shibpur village in Fazilpur, said, ‘I have cultivated Aman paddy in 200 century land. If the paddy did not sink in the water, I could take home 75 maunds of paddy. But there is a doubt whether he will be able to bring home 25 maunds of paddy this time.’

Another farmer, Taslim Murad, said, ’15 days ago, the paddy of the land was supposed to be brought home. Due to the cyclone, we could not cut the rice paddies that were submerged due to the lack of workers. If the water did not accumulate in the land, our paddy would not have been destroyed. Even after telling the Water Development Board, no action was taken.’

In this regard, the deputy director of the Directorate of Agricultural Extension of Feni. Ekram Uddin said, ‘128 tons of crops of 28.95 hectares of land have been damaged in Feni this time. In terms of money, this loss will be like half a million rupees. Meanwhile, due to non-removal of water from the land, sowing of crops such as wheat, maize, pulses including mustard and other crops is also delayed. This may lead to a shortage in the food supply.’

Bangladesh Water Development Board (PUBO) Executive Engineer of Feni. Rashed Shahriar said, “After talking to the farmers, 2 gates of the Muhuri regulator have been opened to drain the water. The problem will be solved quickly.’


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