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Aman farmers counting loss as blockade continues

Update : 14 Dec 2013, 06:13 PM

The ongoing blockades being enforced by the 18-party opposition combine has raised concern among Aman paddy farmers in Magura as they are counting losses because of fall in the price of Aman paddy. 

Agriculture Extension Department (DAE) Magura said a total of 54,425 hectares of land was brought under Aman cultivation in the district this year yielding 150,213 metric tonnes of rice.

A bumper production of Aman paddy has been achieved in the district this year, but the success has failed to bring smile on the faces of Aman growers.

Aman paddy sold in the local market at tk950-1000 per maund in the last month. The present price of the paddy is Tk680-700 per maund.

When contacted, Noim Hosen, a farmer of village Kullia under Magura sadar upazila, said: “Earlier we were amused with bumper production and high price of Aman paddy but ongoing blockade has faded our smile.”

Abu Reza a farmer of village Norihati under Magura sadar upazila, said: “I have got Tk40, 000 from my paddy sale but my production cost was about Tk36, 000. Moreover, I had to pay Tk5, 000 as transport fare to take my paddy to market because of blockade. I had to count a loss of Tk1, 000.”

Mokhlesur Rahamn, deputy director of Magura DAE, said because of the blockade Aman farmers are being deprived of fair price. The price will go up once the government procurement starts.

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