Untimely rains negatively impact farming output in two districts this season
Farmers who planted winter crops on a lot of land in Rajshahi and Faridpur are worried about huge losses due to the recent rains.
Crops on 5,880 hectares of land in various upazilas are about to be ruined by three days of untimely rains, lasting from Wednesday to Saturday.
If favourable weather conditions continue,an estimated 26,460 metric tons of farming output is expected.
But due to the recent and unfavourable turn in the weather, officers of the agriculture division and local farmers fear that the above goal may not be reached.
Farmers recently planted their winter crops to recoup the losses caused by two recent floods. Unfortunately the recent rains, locusts, and rot have all negatively affected their crops.
In many areas, the paddy has also gone underwater.
Masud Karim, assistant agriculture officer of Puthia upazila, said: “At this moment, most of the paddy on the lands have ripened. And when the paddy ripens, the roots of the paddy naturally soften, and the head becomes heavy from the fresh blooming sheaf of paddy. Added to that, with the rain and the accompanying winds, the paddy has fallen into the water some areas. But at this time,we are advising farmers to drain water from the lands. Those lands that are underwater have a greater probability of producing less.”
Crops on 300 hectares of land in different upazilas are about to be ruined by three days of untimely rains.
Farmers recently planted their winter crops to recoup the losses caused by two consecutive floods in two phases. Now they are facing a tough situation with the winter crops which have gone under rainwater.
According to the Faridpur Met Office, 32 mm of rain was recorded in the district on Friday and Saturday.
Vvisiting Charmadhobdia, Aliabad, Ombikapur unions of Sadar upazila, this correspondent found waterlogged fields of crops and vegetables, including ‘Muri-kata’ onions. Farmers fear the biggest losses with a damaged onion crop.
If the rainwater doesn’t drain from the land quickly it will cause huge losses to farmers, said some local farmers.
Kartik Chandra Chakraborty, agriculturalist at the Department of Agricultural Extension, Faridpur said: “Various types of crops have been damaged. Farmers of ‘Muri-kata’ onion and winter crops will be the worst affected by the rains,” he said.