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Flood damages aman seedlings in Lalmonirhat char villages : Farmers worried over acute green fodder crisis

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Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013


S Dilip Roy, Lalmonirhat



Aman seedlings lie damaged at a field of Madhya Goddimari village in Hatibandha upazila under Lalmonirhat district. PHOTO: STAR


A large number of farmers in the district are worried about aman cultivation this season as the recent flood damaged the seedlings in Teesta and Dharla river basin char (landmass emerged from riverbed) areas under the district.

Meanwhile, high prices of hay, oilcake and wheat bran have thrown the cattle farmers into serious problem from the beginning of rainy season as floodwater damaged grasslands, said farmers.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials in Lalmonirhat said the recent flood damaged aman seedlings on 20 acres of land and advanced variety of thecrop on 35 acres of land.

Local sources, however, said the area of damaged aman seedlings would be much larger than that recorded by the DAE.Nesar Uddin, 55, a farmer of Madhya Goddimari village of Hatibandha upazila, said,“I prepared seedlings on 20 decimals of land to cultivate aman paddy on two acres of land in this current season but all the seedlings got damaged due to inundation for five days.

“The land will remain uncultivated, if I fail to procure aman seedlings from the local market by this month of July,” he said.

Abdul Mazid, deputy director of the DAE in Lalmonirhat, said damage of the seedlings will not effect aman cultivation as farmers will get enough seedlings in the local market.


A cattle farmer of Char Gobordhan village in Aditmari upazila under the district has a bleak look as fodder crisis grips the area due to flooding of nearby grasslands. PHOTO: STAR


The recent flooding also damaged large areas of grasslands as well as haystacks in the char areas, much to the worry of farmers mostly dependent on cattle rearing.“My two milking cows now give only three litres of milk daily while I got seven to eight litres of milk on an average only two weeks ago. The milk production has decreased due to lack of fodder as the flood had washed away our preserved haystack,” said Narayan Chadro Barmon, 55, a farmer of Shiberkuti Char village in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila.

Now one maund of hay is selling between Tk 350 to 400 in the local market against Tk 170 to 180 a month ago.Failing to purchase hay, oilcake and wheat bran at high prices from the local market, many cattle farmers are selling their domestic animals for low prices, locals said.

The recent flash flood has damaged all the grass fields of 60 char villages at Teesta and Dharla river basin areas in Lalmonirhat in the district, said Ziaul Haque, representative of an NGO in Lalmonirhat Sadar.It will take months for new grass to grow, said Dr Abu Hossain Sarker, Lalmonirhat district livestock officer.

Around five thousand farmers of the 60 char villages in the district rear about 40 thousand cattle, said sources at the livestock office.


Source: thedailystar



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