POST TIME: 8 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 September, 2018 10:00:34 PM
Kishoreganj haor areas
No employment leaves female agri-workers in distress

No employment leaves female agri-workers in distress

The lifestyle of women agriculture workers in Kishoreganj haor areas has become miserable due to unemployment, reports BSS.

In the rainy season, most of the women agriculture workers of Austagram haor areas in the district passes idle time as they have no work. Usually, women workers used to work at Aus paddy and jute harvesting at this time. But they face difficulties while cultivating Aus paddy and jute crops due to unfavorable environment.

Sikha Rani Das, an agriculture worker of Kurerpar village under Bangalpara union of the upazila, said, “We are passing our days in a miserable condition with four family members as I’ve no work now.”

But, farmers are always helpless to the nature, she thought. So that she is not blaming anyone for the condition.

Her husband Sunil Das is a fisherman who used to catch fish in the hour water but not earned too much to maintain a family of four members, Shikha said, adding “That’s why I started working on agro-field with other women of my community.”

Another woman worker Rani Bala of Pawn Sadainagar village under Dewghar union of the same upazila said similar story. But she is hopeful that the difficulties will end as the Boro season is approaching. Rani said she has already borrowed some money from a local lender with high interest to maintain her family’s livelihood and hoped that she will refund the loan by working on paddy fields in Boro season.

Bishaka Das, a widow of Mosjidjam village of Austagram Sadar Union, described her distress saying she is fully unemployed over last four months.  She used to work at Austagram Boro haor to maintain her family with a smooth manner. But now, she passes tough time as she has no work and although her family is not well-off.

So that, Bishaka went to Sylhet seeking work along with her five family members but returned with empty hand because of her sudden illness. Her only son Kamol Das now working too hard to earn money which is insufficient to maintain the family. That’s why she has already borrowed some money from the lenders.