Farmers in Lalmonirhat are fearing that whether they would be able to bring their land under Boro cultivation this year or not as many seedbeds in the district have been damaged for dense fog and cold spells.
During a visit to different village in the district, this correspondent found that seedbeds of Boro seedling in many areas have turned yellowish for lack of sunlight.
Azizar Rahman, a farmer at Tajpur village in Lalmonirhat sadar upazila, said: “My 21-day old BR-28 seedling have become yellowish because of cold wave which has been sweeping over the district as well as other northern districts of the country over a week. It will be a great blow to us if our seedlings will be damaged totally.”
Saber Ali, another farmer at the same village, said young saplings at many fields had become whitish for lack of adequate sunlight.
“I have cultivated Boro sapling on 25 decimals of land. Of them, sapling on about 15 decimals of land are going to be yellowish. If my cultivated saplings are totally damaged I will not cultivate Boro on my land this year,” he said.
Another farmer said he had prepared seedbed on two bighas of land for cultivating Boro, but a portion of his seedbed was damaged because of chilly weather.
Union Parishad Chairman of Rajpur Mofazzol Hossain Mofa said the boro farmers in his union were worried as dense fog with severe cold affected their saplings.
Farmer Tarun Chandro Barmon at Mogholhat village said “My cultivated boro saplings on 40 decimals of land are becoming yellowish as they were not getting adequate sunlight for thick fog.”
“I bought boro seeds at higher cost and prepared my seedbed, but they are going to be damaged. If the situation is continued, all the saplings would be damaged soon,” he said.
The department of agriculture extension in Lalmonirhat has set a target of cultivating 69,000 hectares of land, including high yielding varieties on 44,000 hectares, hybrid on 12,000 hectares and local varieties on 13,000 hectares of land.
Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Mohammad Nuruzzaman said Boro saplings would not be affected if the temperature would not rise within few days.
He said they were advising farmers to use fertilisers such as potash and zinc to save their seedbeds.
He suggested that farmers should use polythene over the seedbed to save them from cold and fog.
Meanwhile, normal life and vehicular movements were badly affected for the third consecutive day yesterday as a mild cold wave coupled with dense fog continued sweeping in Jaipurhat.
Only a fewer member of day labourers and farm workers were found working amid foggy weather in the crop fields, movement of vehicles on roads were disrupted as thick layers of fog reduced the visibility.
The vehicles were found plying with their headlights to avoid any accident.
The sun remained blanketed by thick fog for the past three days.
Local Agriculture office recorded the minimum temperature at 9 degrees Celsius this morning.