According to the Department of Agriculture Department(DAE) in Naogaon, 6200 hectares of land have been used for cultivating winter vegetables, while over 150000 hectares of land for Aman paddy
Heavy rainfall has submerged different low lying areas of Naogaon and Natore districts, causing serious damage to the croplands of paddy and different variety of vegetables over last three days.
According to the Department of Agriculture Department(DAE) in the district, 6200 hectares of land have been used for cultivating winter vegetables, while over 150000 hectares of land for Aman paddy.
The heavy rainfall caused water logging in the Sadarupazila''s Borshail, Baktarpur and Paharpurunions along with the Badalgachiupazila, where different kinds of vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, tomato,etc and Aman paddy were cultivated.
Farmer Sahin Hossain from Borshail union of Sadarupazila said: Due to the rainfall, croplands were submerged which will damage the crops heavily and will incur a loss''
Another Farmer, Altaf Hossain from Kola union ofBadalgachiupazila expressed frustration saying he cultivated cabbage and cauliflower in three bighas of land, but two days of incessant rain has inundated the lands and already damaged the crops.
Sirajul Islam, Deputy-Director at Department of Agriculture Department(DAE) in the district said : Aman paddy and vegetables were not damaged to such extent till now due to rain. But, we are assuming the waterlogging caused by rainfall could damage the croplands of low lying areas.''
Farmers are anxious about the yield of their harvest amid a sudden three-day rain that submerged their crops.
On a visit to the various fields in the upazila, this correspondent found the planted paddy are almost ripe, Irregular rain left the crop leaning to the ground and vegetables planted for the winter has submerged in the rain water.
Some of the farmers have already recounted the probable loss of profit to this correspondent, and said this will also increase the labour cost of harvesting the crop.
Farmer Omar Ali of Bhatodara village said he had planted the Shampa and BRRI 29, Nepali Sharna and Dhani Gold variety in four bighas of his land which was leaned because of the rain. He said: “It will take twice as much labour cost for me to harvest the paddy. I hoped to plant winter crop soon after the harvest but it will be delayed.