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7 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Unexpected showers cause massive damage to crops

Potato farmers the worst sufferers
OUR CORRESPONDENT, Chandpur
Unexpected showers cause massive damage to crops

Unexpected and incessant showers for three days have left a trail of devastation in fields of potato, soyabean, garlic, onion, pulses, tomato and other vegetables here.

The total loss of standing crops is estimated to be at least  Tk. 2.65 crore as per official records available at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).

Potato farmers are the worst sufferers of this sudden and unexpected deluge. As much as 50 per cent potatoes in the fields have been damaged  by this  calamity, sources say.

Most potato farmers were expecting a bumper production this year. They suffered a great loss last year and the year before that due to excessive rains. Potato farmers of  Bordia, Baishpur,  Munshirhat, Pingra, as well as in other adjacent areas in Matlab south, Hajiganj and Kochua upazilas also echoed the same feelings. They told this correspondent that much of their potatoes  in the fields  went  under water and got rotten.

Some of them managed to sold their potatoes to middle men at throwaway prices like Tk. 280 per maund.

According to  DAE (Chandpur office), this year the target was to cultivate potatoes on 10, 690  hectares of land in the district. But potato was cultivated on 8, 835 hectares. Chandpur Sadar, Matlab south, Kochua and Hajiganj are the main potato-producing areas where thousands of  farmers get involved in potato farming works every season.

Owing to favourable weather condition and application of proper fertilisers,  the farmers were expecting a bumper production  this year. But the unexpected showers have shattered their hopes.  Most potato  fields  went under water, which remained stagnant for three days. In many areas, thefarmers had to make use of pumps to remove water from their fields.

Sources said that potatoes on 2,050 hectares have been  affected. The potato farmers  incurred a loss of Tk. 21,168,000.

Besides this,  the loss of soyabean farmers, mostly in Haimchar upazila, was estimated to be Tk. 3.15 lakh, while garlic farmers, mostly  n Hajiganj and Haimchar upazilas, suffered a loss of Tk. 18 lakh.  

Onion farmers, mostly in Hajiganj and Haimchar upazilas, incurred a loss of Tk.  16.50 lakhs. Pulses cultivated on  20 hectares, mostly in Faridganj,  have also been damaged by this rain and amount of  loss is estimated at about Tk. 16 lakh.  

The losses in vegetable, tomatoes, bottle gourd and pumpkin fields are yet to be estimated.

The potato farmers demanded due compensations from the government for their loss due to the untimely rain.

There is currently no crop insurance in place in Chandpur, though farmers have been asking for its introduction for a long time.

 

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