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18 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 November, 2019 12:39:44 AM
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Early winter crops, vegetables worth Tk 9 crore damaged by Bulbul, rain

\OUR CORRESPONDENT, Chandpur
Early winter crops, vegetables worth Tk 9 crore damaged by Bulbul, rain

Cyclone Bulbul and incessant and excessive rain from November 8 to 11 have left a trail of devastation on standing early winter crops and vegetables across the district.

Standing crops and vegetables worth about Tk 9 crore have been damaged, according to an estimate of the Agri Extension Department (AED), Chandpur. The worst affected are early winter vegetables on 630 hectares.  

A total of 2,610 farmers of the district suffered immense losses. Rahman, Shahidullah, Shahjahan, Kader and Abdul Khalek of Rampur, Larua and Santosepur villages in Faridganj upazila, and Bhutto, Jumman, Osman in Kumardighi, Ashikati, Torpurchondi villages in Chandpur Sadar and a few others of the Char Kashem area of Matlab Uttar narrated their plight.

Agriculture official, Naresh Chandra Das, and crops expert, Md Kabir Hossain, said the farmers affected do not have any crop insurance against natural calamities.

An official of the Government Life Insurance Corporation, Chandpur district office, Md Zamil Patwary, said the same thing.

Talking to this correspondent, the deputy director of the Agriculture Extension Department (AED), Chandpur, Krishibid Abdur Rashid, said:  "Early winter vegetables on 630 hectares were damaged. The vegetables are red spinach (lal shaak), green bottle, gourd leaves (lau shaak), sweet gourd leaves, bottle gourd, radish, coriander, green pepper, cucumber, pumpkin, tomato, korolla, kolmishaak, ladies finger and other varieties of vegetables. These were badly damaged by excessive rainfall and cyclone Bulbul. Ropa Aman paddy on 200 hectares, mustard on 151 hectares, new potato on 50 hectares, lentil on 10 hectares and Chinese species of peanuts on 10 hectares were damaged in the district. Thus, crops on a total of 1,051 hectares were damaged. It means, 21.04 per cent of the standing early winter crops and vegetables were damaged. The damage works out to approximately Tk 8.7 crore , as per government rates.

Early winter crops and vegetables inside the Chandpur Irrigation Project (CIP) in Faridganj upazila and the Meghna-Dhonagoda Irrigation Project in Matlab Uttar were affected by the natural calamity.

Standing crops and vegetables in Chandpur Sadar, Haimchar, Hajiganj, Kochua, Shahrasti and Matlab Dakhshin upazilas were partially damaged.

Crops expert Md Kabir Hossain told The Independent: "There is still enough time for farmers to start sowing of seeds of vegetables afresh in their fields."

Agriculture expert Naresh Chandra Das and crops expert Md Kabir Hossain said they are ready to extend cooperation to the farmers in this regard.  

 

 

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