India opened the sluice gates of the Farakka Barrage, which aided to the rise of water level in Padma in the last three to four days
The Padma river in Kushtia's Daulatpur upazila has swelled, flooding 1000 hectares of cropland of black gram, locally known as Mashkalai, and causing heavy losses to 3000 farmers of this area.
India opened the sluice gates of the Farakka Barrage, which aided to the rise of water level in Padma in the last three to four days.
Farmers have cultivated 2500 hectares of black gram in the upazila this year, with 1300 hectares alone cultivated in char areas beside the Padma river. At least, 725 hectares of land in char areas have gone under water as the level in the river has been rising for the last three to four days, according to the Upazila Agriculture Extension office.
During a visit to the flood affected areas on Monday, our reporter found croplands of Upazila's Ramkrishnapur, Chilmari, Philipnagar and Moricha unions submerged due to the sudden swell of the Padma waters.
This year, I cultivated black gram in 20 bighas of land , but within four to five days, the water level of the Padma rose, inundating my croplands and inflicting me with heavy losses, said Abdul Jabbar, farmer of the Ramkrishnapur union.
Most black gram is cultivated in our char areas. But, the water flow upstream helped in the rise of the water level of the Padma, flooding the croplands of char areas and incurring a heavy losses to farmers, said Saiful Islam, another farmer of this village.
Siraj Mondal, chairman of the Ramkrishnapur Union Parishad (UP) said: ''With the swelling of the Padma river, at least 500 hectares of black gram belonging to around 3000 farmers have been inundated. Stating that the farmers suffered heavy losses, he urged the government to provide financial assistance to the affected farmers.''
Sajib Al Maruf, Upazila Agriculture Extension Officer of the Daulatpur Upazila said: ''Water level of the Padma rose as India opened the sluice gate of the Farakka barrage, flooding 500 hectares of black gram of 3000 farmers. We will help them out by providing necessary support after the water recedes.''