Farmers in 27 villages fail to prepare paddy seedbeds for stagnant water
DUMURIA, KHULNA, Dec 4: Farmers of 27 villages in seven unions in three upazilas of Khulna, Jashore and Satkhira districts are facing problem in making paddy seedbeds due to lack of drainage of water of beel (lake-like wetland).
According to field sources, the problem has been created as digging of Apar Vadra River has started recently and the progress of work is very slow, for which water of seven beels cannot go down to the river. As a result, cultivating IRRI and Boro paddy in these upazilas has been under risk.
Local sources said the water of seven beels in 27 villages under seven unions in Dumuria Upazila of Khulna, Keshabpur Upazila of Jashore and Tala Upazila of Satkhira districts go out through the switch gate of the Vadra River. As digging of the river began, the water cannot go out through the switch gate now.
Local people complained of the slow process of digging the river as well as constructing barrages in multiple places diagonally.
Due to this, water of seven beels remained stagnant. So, the farmers cannot make the seedbeds for IRRI and Boro paddy this season.
Maguraghona Union Parishad Chairman and General Secretary of Awami League union unit Sheikh Md Abul Hossain said hundreds of farmers are coming here demanding drainage facility every day. Supporting the farmers, he demanded of the higher authorities to take an immediate step on creating a drainage system in these areas so that farmers can make seedbeds and cultivate IRRI and Boro paddy without interruption.
Information of Research Secretary of Awami League District Unit and Bangladesh Water Committee Dumuria Upazila Unit President Principal ABM Shafikul Islam said the people in the beel areas suffer a lot during monsoon season. Now, they are facing water-logging problem in dry season too, he added.
He also said at present, some dishonest contractors are conducting the Vadra River digging project very slowly. As a result, the farmers are not able to make seedbeds for IRRI and Boro season yet due to lack of drainage facility.
On behalf of the farmers, they demanded of the higher authorities to take necessary steps on the issue as soon as possible, he added.