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Rain shortfall puts Aman cultivation at risk in Khulna

  • Published at 11:31 pm August 7th, 2019
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According to the district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), insufficient rain in the district has undermined the Aman crop in its peak sowing season

Farmers in Khulna are in distress, with the lack of rainfall in the district having already disrupted Aush cultivation, and now posing a threat to the Aman crop.

According to the district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), insufficient rain in the district has undermined the Aman crop in its peak sowing season. 

 Due to insufficient rainfall in the month of Ashar, many farmers had to bear the additional cost of irrigation to grow Aman seedlings. Farmers in the region also use the land to cultivate winter vegetables after harvesting the Aman crop.

Now as the month of Srabon is almost at an end with no rain in sight, farmers are worried about their Aman harvest as well as the upcoming winter vegetable season. The inadequate rainfall is causing uncertainty about meeting this year’s Aman harvest target. 

According to district weather office records, last year in June-July, the rainfall was 530mm, and this year the rainfall is 444mm. 

Amjad Hossain, a Paikgachha upazila farmer, said: “A year’s harvest is directly proportionate to the amount of rainfall that year. After a little rainfall in the month of Ashar, farmers planted Aman seedlings, which takes about a month, when regular rainfall is very much needed. However there was no rain, even in the month of Srabon. If the crop cannot be cultivated on time, the harvest won’t be satisfying.”

Koyra upazila Agriculture Officer SM Mizan Mahmud said: “Koyra upazila has a target of planting Aman on 15,500 hectares of land. ”

District DAE Deputy Director Pankaj Kanti Majumder said: “Farmers in the district badly needed rain sooner and there was supposed to be heavy rainfall on July 12 and 13. The rain would have helped with the Aman crop. Steady rain would help in preparing the land for Aman cultivation. But there is no rain, and the month of Sraban is almost over.”

The Khulna district has a target of Aman paddy cultivation on 92,000 hectares. Farmers are in the process of preparing their land with no rainfall in sight. Without rain, the Aush paddy crop was affected. Now the Aman crop is also at risk, he added.