Nur Islam, Ramzan and several other farmers who have lost their papaya plants in the fields say that their dreams of profit have been washed away
Farmers who lost their papaya saplings in the field due to untimely rains this year are being benefited with saplings grown in seedbeds on higher ground.
Such a sapling farming initiative could be seen at Intazul's yard, a local of the Hauli village Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga.
Papaya farmers in Intazul's region fell into a crisis as their plants had been getting damaged due to excessive as well as untimely rains. This paved a way for Intazul to profit and do some good for the farmers who were losing their young plants.
"After seeing the farmer's plants getting ruined, I bought papaya seeds worth Tk9,000 and began farming the saplings in my yard,” said Intazul.
"I have to work hard everyday to preserve and protect my seedbed. Not every seed has yielded a plant because of the rains. At the moment a thousand plants are ready to be sold each at a price of Tk15. Farmers have bought all of them in advance as they have lost their plants."
Hafizur Rahman, a farmer of Dashami village of Damurhuda upazila, said: "I have farmed papaya plants in 25 kathas (18,000 sq ft) of land this season spending Tk20,000. The plants were growing fast but excessive rain took all of it.”
"The rain became a cause of great distress for the farmers. Some of them are looking to buy saplings from local growers and some decided to plant seeds again."
Nur Islam, Ramzan and several other farmers who have lost their papaya plants in the fields say that their dreams of profit have been washed away.
"If the banks allow loans for the lower and middle income papaya farmers it would be very helpful," said a few of the farmers who lost their plants.
Md Moniruzzaman, an agriculture officer of the upazila, said people who have the opportunity should farm saplings in their yards or on high lands so that farmers do not fall into a crisis in adverse weather.
"During the time of crisis saplings get a good price. Both farmers and seedbed owners can be benefited through this. The doors of the agriculture offices are always open for any advice and support in this regard."