Farmers and environmental activists on Tuesday called for a permanent solution to boro crop losses from early flashfloods that take place almost every year in the country’s haor belt causing massive damage to the only annual crop of the region.
They also urged the authorities to enhance relief activities, remit all loans given to the affected farmers, cancel the leasing system of waterbodies, create alternative employments for the people living along the haors and take punitive steps against the people who were involved in corruptions and irregularities in constructing the haor protection embankments.
They made the demands while addressing a farmers’ gathering on the Tahirpur Upazila Complex premises in Sunamganj, the worst affected district in the flashfloods caused by excessive rainfall and onrush of hilly water from upstream across the border.
Paribesh and Haor Unnayan Sangstha, a social platform to protect the environment and resources of haor region, arranged the event.
Addressing the programme, former caretaker government advisor Sultana Kamal said that the government must think of a long term solution to the recurring crop losses, instead of short term schemes.
Rights activists Khushi Kabir said that relief activities to ensure food safety for the affected farmers and the ultra-poor people there should be expanded and continued until the next harvest.
Urging to remit all loans of the farmers, she also stressed the need for enhancing the supervision to bring all of the affected farmers under government food support schemes.
Journalist Munni Saha, rights activist Subrata Chowdhury, lawyer Supriya Chakrabarti and Tahirpur upazila chairman Kamruzzaman Kamrul also addressed the farmers’ gathering.
PHUS president Kashmir Reza chaired the programme also addressed by local people’s representatives, politicians, social activists and affected farmers.
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