Continuous rains force Kurigram farmers to early harvesting
Published : Monday, 16 May, 2022 at 1:01 PM Count : 478
Farmers in the sadar upazila of Kurigram have started harvesting half-ripe Boro paddy due to continuous heavy rains over the last three days.
Farmers in the eight unions of the upazila and adjacent to Marakhal around river basins were seen harvesting half-ripe paddy to minimise their losses.
Zakir Hossain, agriculture officer of Kurigram Sadar Upazila, said that 1,17,000 hectares of land have been brought under Boro cultivation in the district this season, reports UNB.
Of these, 13,120 hectares of land have been cultivated in Sadar upazila. Already 25 percent of paddy has been harvested in the district, he added. "But farmers are worried about the rest of the paddy."
Abed Ali, a farmer in Shulkur Bazar area of Panchgachhi union of Sadar upazila, said, "Due to the downpours for last three days, his two and a half acres of half-ripe paddy went under water. " Now I have to pay extra money to workers for harvesting this paddy."
Farmers Abed Ali and Habibur Rahman said that half of their paddy were submerged due to excessive rains. "We are cutting paddy in the hope of getting straw," they added.
Abdur Sabur Mia, in-charge of the Rajarhat Agricultural Meteorological Observatory, said 209 mms rainfall has been recorded in Kurigram in the last three days. He forecast heavy rains and thundershowers with gusty winds in the next two to 3 days.