SIRAJGANJ, Jan 10: The government seed and fertiliser godowns remain uncared for a long time amid risk of burglary and theft, thanks to the mismanagement and negligence of the authorities concerned.
The three godowns at Mirpur of the district meant for preserving seed and fertiliser, have no boundary wall since long. Besides, influx of locals in "well protected" area of the godowns freely, makes the security of the godowns a mockery, claimed local people.
The boundary wall collapsed about seven years back, but authorities concerned have not taken any initiative yet to erect new boundary, sources added.
According to sources, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) use the godowns to distribute seed of paddy, jute, different Rabi crops and vegetables to the farmers at a fixed rate. In addition to that, different types of fertiliser are also distributed in line with the set rules. Hence, the godowns play very essential role to ensure smooth supply of agro-inputs.
The seed godown can conserve about 500 metric tons, and the other two godowns also preserve the amount of fertiliser respectively, sources added.
Local people expressed frustrating views saying that untoward incident may happen any time, if the proper security is not ensured for the government godowns as soon as possible.
Locals demanded of the authority for erecting boundary wall in the surrounding area to avoid unauthorised entrance of local people into the godowns area.
Senior Assistant Director of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) Shadidullah-Al-Mamun said, quality seeds are distributed from this godown. Despite repeated request to the higher authorities to ensure the proper safety and protection for the godowns, they paid no heed to resolve the problem.
Ekhlesar Rahman, the joint director of BADC (Pabna Zone) also gave identical view about the security aspect saying that the authorities should, in no way take the matter lightly.