Most of the aus paddy and vegetable fields have been ruined due to flood, says a UP chairman
More than 2,000 hectares of cropland have been submerged underwater in the past 25 days due to flood in Faridpur, according to the district's Agriculture Extension Department.
Of them 1,007 hectares are of Aus paddy, 76 hectares of different vegetables, 50 hectares of chilli, 26 hectares of Banana orchard and many more.
Partha Pratim Saha, executive engineer, Faridpur Water Development Board told UNB that although water levels in the Padma have been decreasing for the last four-five days, it is still well above the danger level meaning that the situation still has to improve further.
Lands of the three unions of Faridpur Sadar, three unions of Charbhadrasan upazila, two unions of Sadarpur upazila, two unions of Madhukhali upazila, two unions of Bhanga Upazila and three unions of Alfadanga upazila have been the hardest hit in the food.
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Chairman of North Channel Union of Faridpur Sadar Upazila Mostakuzzaman said most of the aus paddy and vegetable fields of his area have been ruined due to flood.
The Agriculture Extension Department is still in the process of calculating the exact loss incurred, he added.
Similar statements were given by all the local representatives and farmers of the affected areas.
They demanded incentives from the government to make up for their loss.
Looking on the bright side, Faridpur Agriculture Extension Department Deputy Director Hazrat Ali said that although it is true that many cultivable lands have gone underwater, another perspective of the event is planting will be very good once the water receded.
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He too confirmed that above 2,000 hectares of land have been submerged so far.
He also added that free seeds will be provided as compensation to the farmers.
Faridpur Deputy Commissioner Atul Sarkar told UNB that the government is already providing incentives to the farmers at a minimum interest rate.
In addition, a list of affected farmers will be made and they will be taken care of accordingly.