Rajshahi farmers worried of rat attack
RAJSHAHI, Nov 10: The farmers of the district are worried about rat attack in their Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) fields this year.
At the end of the season, the rats are cutting semi-ripe paddy plants in the fields.
Farmers said they suffered some loss in T-Aman cultivation due to pest attack and lack of rainfall at the start of the season. After some days, full-scale paddy harvesting will begin. They tried their best to protect the paddy plants, but now rats are cutting the plants. Farmers are not getting any results despite using poison and trap in the fields.
Field level agricultural officials said due to less rainfall in the Barind area, rats have increased this year compared to the past year.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), this year's T-Aman farming target in Rajshahi was 73,387 hectares of land. Various methods to check pest attack have been taken in about 40,000 to 45,000 ha of land. The T-Aman cultivation target in the regions' Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore and Chapainawabganj districts is 3.50 lakh ha.
Farmer Reza of Panchandar Village in Tanore Upazila of Rajshahi said, "I have cultivated T-Aman on 8 bighas of land this year. Due to favourable weather, I have got better yield than other years. But, rats have damaged paddy of about 10 to 15 decimals of land."
He also said, "I could not check the rat attack despite taking advice from local agricultural office."
Shamser Ali, sub-assistant agricultural officer (in-charge) of Mundumala Municipal area in Tanore Upazila advised the farmers to plant banana trees beside their fields and hang polythene on sticks to check the rat attack.