Patuakhali watermelon farmers fearing loss
Hundreds of watermelon farmers in Patuakhali are fearing loss amid the ongoing shut down across the country to check the spread of deadly coronavirus.
They have cultivated watermelons in 15,000 acres of land this year in the district, according to district agriculture department.
While visiting different areas in Rangabali, Galachipa and Kalapara farmers told our correspondent that they cultivated watermelons in their lands amid favourable weather conditions.
Buyers also export watermelons abroad after full filing the locals demand for its special taste, they added.
Sultan Hawlader, 65, farmer of Borobaishdia area in Rangabali upazila, said he along with his brother cultivated watermelon in 180 decimal lands.
“If we fail to sell this watermelons by this month we have to count losses. Every year retailers buy watermelons and took it from the lands. But this year they are not able to come here for the countrywide shutdown,” he added.
Sultan said he invested Tk 10 lakh for cultivating watermelon and hopes to make profit of Tk 20 lakh from it.
“If shut down continues we have to count loss,” he added.
Trader Md Al Amin said, “The demand of watermelons deducted at Mokams as people are staying at home for coronavirus.”
Another trader Monir said demands of the fruit reduced for the ongoing crisis across the country.
Ridoyeshwar Dutta, deputy director of the Patuakhali Department of Agricultural Extension, said coronavirus has made an impact on business across the country. The department is trying to make bridge between farmers and traders.