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Labourer crisis hits Boro harvest at Tanore

Published : Thursday, 16 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 191
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RAJSHAHI, May 15: A severe labourer crisis has hit Boro paddy harvesting in Tanore Upazila of the district this season.
Farmers are paying extra to the labourers for cutting the paddy.
Often, the farmers waste an entire day simply to find labourers to cut the paddy or transport the harvested crops.
Farmers are trying to harvest the paddy as soon as possible because the weather may turn unfavourable within two to three days. As a result, labour crisis has made the harvest difficult in the upazila.
A farmer Joinal Abedin of the upazila said he had to wait for three to five days to get labourers. He further said the farmers are offering extra wages and other facilities to hire them.
Farmer Zafar Sheikh said the wages were in between Tk 260 to 300 with lunch. A few days back, it went up to Tk 320 to 350 with lunch, and currently it is Tk 400 to 600 with lunch.
Acting Deputy Director of district agricultural office Dr Khan Moniruzzaman said the crisis should be over in 15 to 20 days.
He further said that the crisis was acute in the beginning of the harvesting season, but it is expected to ease subsequently.
Farmer Mokhlesur Rahman said the cultivation cost was about Tk 7,000 to 8,000 per bigha, while each maund paddy is being sold at Tk 400 to 500 at present. That is the reason why farmers are counting losses.

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