Various winter crops including potato, maize are being destroyed in different districts due to continuous cold current. Besides, many diseases have appeared due to dense fog. Farmers are not getting benefits even by applying pesticides. In this situation, they are worried about raising production costs.
This time, the force of winter is being reported all over the country. In addition, the sun is not seen most of the day due to cold currents and thick fog. This adverse effect of weather is on agriculture. Late blight disease has appeared in potatoes in Meherpur due to lack of sunlight. Due to rotting of roots and death of trees, there is concern about the desired production.
A potato farmer in the district said, ‘All the potato plants have been destroyed. None of the pesticides worked. We have a lot of losses in potato farming this time.’
Same situation in Chandpur. Due to untimely rains and heavy fog, besides the fear of potato yield in the district, additional costs have to be added to cultivation in heavy fog.
A farmer expressed concern and said, ‘The cost of rain has been high. The price of fertilizer is also double. God only knows what will happen this time.’
The agriculture department has informed about regular supervision and advice to the farmers to protect the crops.
Deputy Director of Chandpur Agricultural Extension Department. Safayat Ahmed Siddiqui said, ‘Potatoes have been sown late due to rain this time. Naturally, farmers in Chandpur will harvest potatoes much later than in other districts.’
Although there was a bumper crop of maize in Chuadanga last year, the farmers are fearing crop failure due to severe winter.
A maize farmer said, ‘Last time, 45 manas per bigha was used, this time it will not go above 30 manas. The leaves have dried up to the mocha of the corn.’
According to the agriculture department, there will not be much damage to the corn due to the weather. Instead, dense planting can reduce corn production.
Bivas Chandra Saha, deputy director of the Chuadanga Agricultural Extension Department, said, ‘Line to line and seedling to seedling distance should be maintained properly. Let them follow our advice in the cultivation of crops and in planting and tending them.’
This time, 49 thousand 665 hectares of land have been cultivated in the district. Chuadanga ranks second in maize cultivation in the country.