Cold wave damages Boro seedlings
Farmers are facing losses as the Boro paddy seedlings are damaged in different districts including Natore and Bagerhat due to cold wave and untimely rain.
NATORE: Moderate cold wave accompanied by dense fog damaged Boro paddy seedlings at some parts of Chalan Beel (water body) area in the district.
As a result, the local farmers have fallen into trouble.
They are using various methods including spraying pesticides to save the saplings, but they have not got expected result.
According to sources at Department of Agriculture Extension, the farmers of the Chalan Beel area suffered loss in Aman paddy cultivation due to floods during the last two years. Besides, due to delayed removal of flood water, farmers could not get success in the production of mustard and other winter crops. Now, cold wave and fog are damaging the Boro seedlings.
Singra Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Sajjad Hossen said cold wave and fog damaged some Boro seedlings at some parts of the Chalan Beel. In this connection, he advised farmers to cover their seedbeds with polythene sheet.
He also said about 29 sub-assistant agriculture officers have been working in field level to tackle the situation. When the weather becomes favourable, the problem will be solved.
He told farmers not to be frustrated, and asked them to follow the advices of the agriculture department appropriately.
BAGERHAT: Foul weather caused by severe cold and recent untimely rain has damaged Boro paddy seedbeds in the district.
As a result, planting of Boro paddy has become uncertain.
The farmers, who faced loss in Aman cultivation due to natural disaster last season, relied on Boro paddy for recouping the losses this time. But, the unfavourable weather frustrated them a lot.
Big damage of seedbeds occurred in Chitalmari Upazila of the district. Now, the farmers in different villages of the upazila have been thrown in dismay. For them, there is no other alternative to Boro cultivation.
Farmers said Boro saplings planted at the start of this January have become fade due to cold wave and rain.
Farmers Jinnat Ali, Kawsar Hawlader, Taposh, Mobarak Ali Muju and Shanti Chowdhury of Gatapara Village in Bagerhat Sadar Upazila said, despite damages, some saplings were left away, which were later planted in some fields. But, the recent foul weather has damaged those.
Farmer Habibur Rahman of Noapara Village in the upazila said, "I had to buy per kg Boro seed at Tk 280 to 350. The seedlings grew well. But, the inclement weather damaged the saplings."
Bagerhat Sadar and Chitalmari Upazila agriculture office sources said 603-hectare Boro seedbeds in Chitalmari Upazila have been destroyed. There are 15,000 farmers and 11,800 ha cultivable land in the upazila. The situation will improve if the cold eases, said the sources.
They are advising farmers in this connection, the sources added.