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Noakhali, Pirojpur Districts : Downpour during Mahasen damages major crops

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Published: Monday, May 27, 2013

Star Country Desk


A farmer at one of his summer vegetable fields damaged by stagnant rainwater at Shankarpasha village in Pirojpur Sadar upazila. Heavy rainfall during cyclone Mahasen on May 16 flooded vast lands of major crops in several coastal districts. PHOTO: STAR


Heavy downpour during cyclone Mahasen on May 26 damaged major seasonal crops on more than 3,000 hectares in Noakhali and Pirojpur districts.

Most of crops including soya bean and peanuts on about 2,261 hectares of land in Subarnachar, Hatiya and Companiganj upazilas of Noakhali were affected due to heavy rain during the storm, reports our correspondent.

Of them, soya bean on 661 hectares and peanuts on 1,200 hectares have totally been damaged, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said.

Besides, vegetables on 400 hectares have been destroyed in the coastal district, it added.The damage caused by the natural calamity could go up to Tk 5.4 crore, said sources at local agri office. More than 1000 cyclone-affected farmers are now passing their days amid worry as they cultivated the crops by borrowing money from different banks, said the sources.

Contacted, district agriculture officer Mohammad Shah Alam said that they have already sent a letter to the higher authorities suggesting steps to rehabilitate the affected farmers.

In Pirojpur, heavy rain caused by Mahasen damaged crops including betel leaves and beans on about 850 hectares in seven upazilas of the southern district, reports our correspondent.

The upazilas are Mathbaria, Zianagar, Nazirpur, Pirojpur, Kawkhali, Bhandaria and Nesarabad.
Of them, Mathbaria is the worst affected area where different vegetables on 320 hectares were totally damaged due to the downpour.

The losses due to the storm in the district may go up to Tk 3.4 crore, said an agriculture official.
Farmer Shahidul, 35, of Balipara union in Zianagar upazila, said the downpour damaged different summer crops on his 4 bighas of land.

Md Nasiruddin Khan, deputy director (DD) of Pirojpur agriculture department, said they have informed the higher authorities about the damages, caused by the storm and sought assistance in this regard.


Source : thedailystar





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