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Government to compensate Fani-affected farmers

  • Published at 04:00 pm May 7th, 2019
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Storm surges due to Cyclone Fani overflow a dam and inundate cropland in Banishanta area, in Mongla, Khulna, on Saturday, May 4, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Crops worth Tk38.5 crore were damaged by the severe cyclonic storm, which hit southeast Bangladesh on Saturday

The government is planning to provide support to the farmers whose crops were damaged when Cyclone Fani hit Khulna and adjacent areas on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak said his ministry would provide seeds, fertilizer and cash money to farmers under a rehabilitation program, to be implemented between 2019 and 2020, after a list of the affected farmers is prepared.

Fani damaged crops over some 155,832 acres of land, in 209 upazilas of 35 districts, the minister said at the press briefing, held at his office in the Secretariat building, reported UNB.

The minister said the cyclone had caused an accumulated loss of Tk385,402,500, affecting around 13,631 farmers in 35 different districts.

“Boro paddy on some 137,412 acres, maize on 1,672 acres, vegetables on 9,044 acres, jute on 5,886 acres, and betel leaf on 1,816 acres of land were damaged by the cyclone,” he added.

The minister further said the ministry had directed the local administration to drain water from the croplands and vegetable fields – as short-term solution – and help the farmers harvest Boro paddy.

Labelling the government agriculture-friendly, Razzak said the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and the Ministry of Agriculture are jointly working to help the farmers.

Severe cyclonic storm Fani hit Bangladesh's coastal areas on Saturday, after it made landfall in Odisha, India the day before.

The districts that were affected in Bangladesh are: Narayanganj, Tangail, Munshiganj, Mymensingh, Sherpur, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Brahmanbaria, Feni, Lakshmipur, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Bogra, Joypurhat, Sirajganj, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj, Natore, Gaibandha, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Narail, Chuadanga, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Barisal, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Jhalakati, and Pirojpur.