DHAKA, April 16, 2017 (BSS) - The government is set to launch a massive rehabilitation campaign to negate onslaughts of recent floods destroying huge standing crops in haor region in six northeastern districts, officials said today.
"We will distribute fertilizer and seeds free of cost among the flood affected farmers of the haor region before the next boro season," Agriculture Secretary Mohammad Mainuddin Abdullah told BSS exclusively today.
He said to overcome the loss, Agricultural Extension Department (DAE) by now issued an instruction for their field level officials the haor areas to motivate farmers to cultivate aus and transplanted aman in the highland, which are generally unused for agriculture.
He said this as President Abdul Hamid is set to visit tomorrow the affected northeastern region amid reports that the unexpected and prolonged deluge affected more than 4 lakh farmers in six districts.
Officials estimated that the flash flood by now washed away standing boro crops on 1,41,204 hectares out of 4.50 lakh hectares land in the region.
"We planned to bring under Aus and then Aman cultivation the entire high land of the haor areas to minimize the loss," said DAE Director General Mohammad Manjurul Hannan.
He added that the DAE officials would also encourage farmers to produce vegetables like 'sweet gourd' along with early high value winter vegetables for meet the nutritional demand of the flood affected farmers' families.
The uapzila agriculture officials, he said, were also instructed to take initiative to produce late variety aman seedlings and to distribute those among the famers.
Boro crops on 34369 hectares of land in Sylhet,10,277 hectares in Moulvibazar, 57, 289 hectares in Sunamaganj, 11, 737 hectares land in Hobigonj, 14, 395 hectares in Netrokona and 13,137 hectares in Kishorganj have totally damaged due to the flash flood in the haor areas.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)