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Nilphamari farmers unhappy over low paddy prices

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Nilphamari

Farmers of Nilphamari district are disappointed over the abnormally low prices of IRRI Boro paddy like their counterparts in the rest of the country. According to sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DoE Nilphamari), Boro paddy was cultivated on 83,645 hectares of land in the district this year. About 30 to 40 per cent of the paddy has been harvested until now. The sources said weather conditions were good. There was no crisis of fertilisers and insecticides, resulting in a bumper paddy production, they added. Initially, the bumper crop had made farmers happy. But the optimism soon turned into frustration as paddy prices began to fall.

Farmers told The Independent that the harvested paddy was currently selling in the district’s ‘haats’ and markets for Tk. 400. They said the rate did not even cover their production cost. Aiyub Ali, a farmer from Chowdhury Para village under Sadar upazila in the district, told this correspondent: “This year, I took 8 bighas of land on lease. As much as Tk 1,40, 000 was spent from on production from sowing till harvest. But the paddy fetched only Tk. 76,800 when sold. I have incurred a loss of Tk 63,200."

Ayub Ali also said: “I cultivated paddy in the hope of making a profit. But I have incurred a huge loss. What will I do now?”

According to the DoE sources, the district’s paddy procurement target had been fixed at 2,612 metric tonnes, while that of rice was 17,956 metric tonnes. Though the procurement drive was to start from April 25, it is yet to begin. The president of the District Farmer Samity, Md Atiar Rahman, told this correspondent: “We demand that the government open purchasing centres in the big haats and bazars to make the procurement process easy. But this demand is being ignored by the authorities.” About paddy procurement, the district controller of food, Md Kazi Saifuddin, told The Independent that the process would begin soon. But he did not specify when it would start.

 

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