Some 148,094 farmers in Gaibandha, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat affected
The recent flood has damaged standing crops on 4,472 hectares of land causing production losses of 25,461 tons of various crops worth Tk49.94 crore this season in Rangpur agriculture region.
"The flood affected 148,094 farmers of three districts by damaging the standing crops in the region," Agriculturist Bidhu Bhusan Ray, additional director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of Rangpur region, told BSS on Wednesday.
The flood-affected districts are Gaibandha, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat in the region, while no crop damage was reported in Rangpur and Nilphamari districts.
The flood-damaged standing crops include Aman rice seedbeds, Transplanted Aman rice and different varieties of vegetables.
The flood has damaged Aman rice seedbeds on 67 hectares of land causing losses to seedlings worth Tk70.35 lakh and affecting 28,694 farmers in these districts.
The deluge has damaged Transplanted Aman rice on 4,324 hectares of land causing a production loss of 11,761 tons of clean rice (17,641 tons of paddy) worth Tk46.30 crore and affecting 114,565 farmers.
"Besides, the flood has caused production losses of 970 tons of vegetables worth Tk1.94 crore on 81 hectares of land affecting 4,835 farmers in these three flood-hit northern districts," Ray said.
Officials of all agriculture-related departments, organizations and institutions and some NGOs have visited the flood-affected areas and suggested the flood-affected farmers ways to tackle the situation.
The flood-affected farmers are transplanting late varieties of Aman rice seedlings anew at fewer places and taking preparation for cultivation of substitute crops on the flood-affected croplands.
"We have already sent the information of flood-hit farmers to the government and are expecting to get allocations to assist them in recouping little crop losses they incurred during the recent flood," Ray added.
Besides, flood-affected farmers are cultivating late Ganjia variety of Aman rice using their own seeds and will cultivate early varieties of vegetables, Mashkalai, maize and other crops on their affected croplands.
Talking to BSS, farmers Sultan Mahmud of village Char Korai Barisal and Saidar Rahman of Char Boraibari village of Kurigram said the recent flood submerged their Aman rice crop on 40 decimals and 210 decimals of lands respectively.
Farmers Azizur Rahman of village Pateswari and Anwar Hossain of village Boraibari in Nageshwari upazila of Kurigram said floodwater submerged their Aman rice crop on 70 decimals and 66 decimals of lands respectively.
Similarly, farmers Hashem Ali and Abu Shams of Prodhanipara village and Fazlul Haque of Nayekerhat village of Nageshwari upazila in Kurigram said the flood damaged their growing Aman rice and vegetables this time like the previous year.