The recent flood has damaged standing crops on 8,612 hectares of land causing production losses of 32,664 tonnes of crops worth Taka 104.83 crore in four districts out of five under Rangpur agriculture region.
“The flood has affected 82,412 farmers of 18 upazilas in four districts by damaging their standing crops,” Additional Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) for Rangpur region Agriculturist Muhammad Ali told BSS today.
The flood-affected districts are Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat while no crop damages have been reported from Nilphamari district under the agriculture region.
The flood has damaged seedbeds of Aman rice on 414.98 hectares of land causing losses to seedlings worth Taka 4.40 crore affecting 12,045 farmers in these four districts.
The flood has caused production losses of 8,096 tonnes of Aush rice worth Taka 21.05 crore on 1,798.95 hectares of land affecting 13,070 farmers and 11,900 tonnes of vegetables worth Taka 27.18 crore on 860 hectares of land affecting 8,150 farmers.
The flood has caused production losses of 7,364 tonnes of jute worth Taka 89.97 crore on 3,435 hectares of land affecting 28,900 farmers and 332 tonnes of ‘Till’ worth Taka 2.31 crore on 302 hectares of land affecting 2,190 farmers.
The flood has caused production losses of 30.80 tonnes of ‘Kawn’ worth Taka 39.86 lakh on 20 hectares of land affecting 1,225 farmers and 154 tonnes of green chilli worth Taka 3.79 crore on 140 hectares of land affecting 1,920 farmers.
“Besides, the flood has damaged standing ‘Cheena’ on 140 hectares of land causing a production loss of 212 tonnes of the crop worth Taka 1.37 crore affecting 215 farmers,” Ali said.
In Rangpur, the flood has caused production losses of 36.80 tonnes of various crops worth Taka 14.27 lakh on six hectares of land affecting 230 farmers in three upazilas.
The flood has caused production losses of 4,417 tonnes of crops worth Taka 14.44 crore on 1,435.51 hectares of land affecting 13,405 farmers in four upazilas of Gaibandha.
In Kurigram, the flood has caused production losses of 28,089 tonnes of crops worth Taka 89.97 crore on 7,110 hectares of land affecting 67,715 farmers in all nine upazilas.
In Lalmonirhat, standing crops on 39.30 hectares of land were damaged by the recent flood causing production losses of 81.96 tonnes worth Taka 27.79 lakh affecting 902 farmers in three upazilas.
Talking to BSS, farmers Jahangir Alam of Goddimari area in Hatibandha upazila and Joynal Abedin, Rahamat Ali and Obaidur Rahman of Rajpur area in Sadar upazila of Lalmonirhat said the flood has damaged their growing Aman rice seedlings.
Similarly, farmers Hashem Ali and Abu Shams of Prodhanipara village and Fazlul Haque of Nayekerhat village of Nageshwari upazila in Kurigram said the flood damaged growing Aman rice seedlings, vegetables and other crops on their lands.
Meanwhile, the DAE and other agriculture related organisations are taking massive post-flood agri-rehabilitation programs as per government directives to assist flood-affected farmers of the region in recouping the crop losses.
“The farmers have enough time to prepare Aman rice seedbeds for transplantation of the seedlings,” Ali said, adding that the DAE will prepare community seedbeds of Aman rice locally in the flood-hit areas to distribute seedlings among the local flood-hit farmers.