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8 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Fani damages crops worth Tk 38.5 crore

Special Correspondent, Dhaka

Crops on some 63,063 hectares of land in 209 upazilas of 35 districts were damaged due to the severe cyclonic storm Fani that hit the country’s coastal areas on Saturday. Initial estimates put the accumulated loss at Tk. 38.54 crore, affecting 13,631 farmers. The government will pay damages to the affected farmers after preparing a proper list. Agriculture minister Dr Abdur Razzaque said this while briefing reporters on the loss of crops due to Fani. The districts affected by agricultural loss due to Fani are Narayanganj, Tangail, Munshiganj, Mymensingh, Sherpur, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Brahmanbaria, Feni, Laxmipur, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Bogura, Joypurhat, Sirajganj, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj, Natore, Gaibandha, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Narail, Chuadanga, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Barishal, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Jhalakati and Pirojpur.

“A total of 55,609 hectares of Boro, 677 hectares of maize, 3,660 hectares of vegetables, 2,382 hectares of jute and 735 hectares of betel leaves were damaged by Fani,” Razzaque said.

He assured farmers that his ministry would provide seeds, fertilisers and cash incentives to farmers under a rehabilitation programme to be implemented during the 2019–20 period after the preparation of a proper list of victims. “The government has decided to give cash incentives of Tk 38.54 crore among 13,631 farmers affected by Fani,” he said.

The ministry has directed the respective local administrations to drain out water from croplands and vegetable fields

as post-cyclonic short-term steps and help the farmers to immediately harvest Boro paddy, which has already matured 75 per cent, Razzaque said.

Terming the government as agriculture-friendly, the minister said the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and the agriculture ministry were jointly working to support the farmers.

Asked about the export of rice, the minister replied: “The government isn’t taking any decision to export rice at this moment. The decision to whether export rice or not will be taken after Boro harvesting.”

The country is now self-sufficient in food production, the minister said. “We have to wait for two more weeks regarding the decision on export of rice,” he added.

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