Aush growers face labourer shortage in Rajshahi
RAJSHAHI, Oct 8: Aush paddy growers of Godagari Upazila in the district are facing labourer shortage.
They have got bumper yield of the paddy this year.
Sources said a good number of farm labourers of the upazila have gone to other areas of the country for working in the paddy fields during the ongoing harvest season. As a result, crisis of labourer has become severe here.
Most landowners gave their cultivable land to sharecroppers due to labourer shortage in the last few years.
According to sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DoA), if modern agricultural instruments are used, this problem can be overcome.
About 50,000 agricultural workers of the upazila are now engaged in other occupations. Some of them drive van and battery-run auto-rickshaws instead of selling labour for agricultural purposes.
In order to earn more money with less labour, agricultural workers have now left their ancestral occupations and have become involved in other occupations.
Upazila DoA sources said about 19,000 hectares of land have been brought under Aush cultivation this season. Due to favourable weather, easy availability of fertilisers and seeds, farmers have got their expected yields.
Farmers Azad, Anichar and Maznu of Deola Village in the upazila said they used to sell labour for farming. They said wages in farming are low, and the work is time-consuming. So, the labourers are losing interest in agricultural work for these reasons.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Rajibur Rahman said during harvesting period, local farmers faced labourer shortage. Farmers are gradually losing interest in agriculture due to shortage of labour, he opined.