DAE assesses damage of submerged crops in Rangpur region

Published : 10 Sep 2021, 13:37

Sahos Desk

The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) continues damage assessment of submerged crops on 31,321 hectares of land due to flooding in four districts out of five in Rangpur agriculture region.

Talking to BSS, Additional Director of the DAE's Rangpur region Bidhu Bhusan Ray said there is no flood situation now as floodwater has already receded from submerged croplands in the low-lying areas of the region.

Field level officials of the DAE are assessing damage of inundated crops as a major portion of those would recover from stresses of submergence for three to four days while a little portion might be damaged due to inundation for a longer period.

"We are getting reports of very little crop damages from affected areas after the recession of floodwater from everywhere in the flood-hit four districts out of total five under the agriculture region," Ray said.

Meanwhile, the DAE officials have started suggesting flood-affected farmers for taking necessary steps to recoup the little crop losses they incurred during the recent short-term deluge.

"The standing crops, including Aman rice seedbeds, transplanted Aman rice and vegetables, submerged under floodwater in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts with no submergence in Nilphamari of the region," he said.

The submerged crops on 31,321 hectares of land include standing Aman rice seedbeds on 115 hectares, transplanted Aman rice on 30,901 hectares and different varieties of vegetables on 305 hectares of land in these four districts.

"Among the total land area of submerged crops, 68 hectares of land are in Rangpur, 3,555 hectares in Gaibandha, 26,805 hectares in Kurigram and 893 hectares of land in Lalmonirhat districts of the region," Ray said.

The submerged crops on 31,321 hectares of land constitutes 4.75 percent of total standing crops of Aman rice seedbeds, transplanted Aman rice and vegetables on 6,59,411 hectares of land in all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region.

 Officials of all agriculture related departments, organisations and institutions and some NGOs are visiting the flood-affected areas and suggesting ways to farmers to tackle the situation.

The flood-affected farmers are being suggested for preparing late variety Aman rice seedbed anew at fewer places for transplantation of the seedlings and taking preparation for cultivation of substitute crops on the flood-affected croplands.

 "The DAE will assist flood-hit farmers in recouping little crop losses they incurred during the recent flood through cultivating early varieties of 'Mashkalai', vegetables and other crops on their flood-hit croplands," Ray added.

Talking to BSS, farmers Dorog Ali and Saidar Rahman of village Char Boraibari in Bhogdanga union of Sadar upazila of Kurigram said the recent flood submerged hiss transplanted Aman rice crop on 2.10 acres of land

 Farmer Azizur Rahman of village Pateswari and Anwar Hossain of village Boraibari in the same upazila said floodwater submerged their transplanted Aman rice crop on 70 decimals and 66 decimals of land respectively.

Similarly, farmer Abu Bakkor Siddique of village Noyagram in Buraburi union of Ulipur upazila in Kurigram said floodwater already receded from his submerged 66 decimals of land where he has cultivated flood-tolerant variety (BRRI dhan52) rice this season.

Source: BSS

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