The yield of Aman may be hampered in Gaibandha’s Saghat upazila this season as most of the paddy fields have been attacked with pests and the leaf blight disease.
While the anxious Aman growers of the district are struggling to protect their fields, the agriculture officers there claimed that the situation is not so alarming.
Around 15,000 hectares of land were brought under T-Aman paddy cultivation in the upazila this year. However, the attack of leaf blight and other pests in the paddy fields made the growers frustrated and worried to a great extent.
After visiting different areas including Bonarpara, Durgapur, Padumsahar, Raghabpur, Bhutmara and Anantapur villages of the upazila, this correspondent found that the leaf blight disease had broken out in the crop fields at an alarming rate.
The transplanted seedlings have turned yellowish, and are getting damaged day by day.
Rafiqul Islam, a farmer of Bonarpara, expressed worries that the production would decrease by a great extent this year. Another farmer of the area, Moyeen Uddin, said the conditions of the crop fields of other farmers in his neighbourhood were also the same, adding that if the crop fields were not protected from the disease, the farmers would not be able to reap their production cost, let alone profit from it.
However, the field level agriculture officers of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said the farmers were being given necessary advices including using pesticides in the affected crop fields since the transplantation of Aman seedlings.
On the other hand, the farmers urged authorities concerned to look into the matter seriously and take necessary measures to check the pest attacks and the deceases to help the growers get desired production.
When asked about taking any preventive measures in this regard, the deputy director of the Gaibandha DAE Mir Abdur Razzak said the pests and fungal diseases, which attacked the Aman harvest in different places of the upazila, was under control, adding that the farmers would get satisfactory production.