Sirajganj farmers suffer loss for disease attacks Boro paddy
SIRAJGANJ, Apr 20: Despite good yield of Boro paddy due to favourable weather, disease has attacked paddy plants on about 600 bighas of land in Tarash and Sadar upazilas of the district at the end of the season.
As a result, farmers have become worried about the imminent loss.
Though the disease attack in other areas was less severe, it is severer in Chhongachha and Bagbati areas of Sadar Upazila and some unions in Tarash Upazila.
About 500 farmers of the areas have become frustrated as they could not find any solution to the problem.
Meanwhile, local Agriculture Department said the damage caused by natural disaster is not so severe.
While talked, some farmers said the paddy has grown well this year. From mid-March they noticed that paddy sheaf was not coming to the plants. In this connection, they used pesticides as advised by the sellers but got no solution. They informed the matter to the agriculture officials who advised them not to worry.
Farmer Md Hafzur Rahman of Baruhas Union in Tarash Upazila said, "I cultivated Minicate variety of Boro paddy on three bighas of land. During mid-March, I found the plants attacked with disease. About 100 farmers like me also suffered loss. We are now worried about recouping our losses."
Farmer Md Shahidul Islam of Bagbati Village in Sadar Upazila said, "I cultivated 28 variety of Boro paddy on five bighas of land this year. But, the paddy sheaves turned black due to disease attack. We cannot make much profit from paddy farming."
He also said, "Many farmers like me cultivated the paddy taking loan from different sources. But, we are now worried as the yield suffered setback. We demand government help to recoup our losses."
Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension Md Habibul Haque said as the Chalan Beel (water body) area is low-lying, so disease may attack paddy plants. Besides, due to natural disaster during the flowering stage, the paddy plants on about 150 hectares of land were damaged.
He further said, "We will estimate the extent of damage and provide help to the farmers. Meanwhile, Additional Director of Bogura Zone Agriculture Department Md Arshed Ali, Scientific Officer Dr Md Mofazzal Hossen and other officials visited affected areas in Tarash Upazila recently."
District Agriculture Department sources said Boro paddy was cultivated on 1,41,040 ha of land in the district this year. Of those, Minicate variety was cultivated on 16,100 ha, BRRI-28 on 23,900 ha, and Kataribhog variety on 2,150 ha of land.