Aus, other crops damaged by floods in north

Food security under threat this year: experts

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:05, Jul 18,2017 | Updated: 00:07, Jul 18,2017

 
 

Floods submerged aus and aman crop fields, as well as aman seedbeds and standing jute and vegetable crops in 16 northern and northeastern districts, according to Department of Agricultural Extension.
Since June 26, according to the primary estimates of the DAE, 53,789 hectares of standing crops had been submerged by flood waters.
In March-April, DAE official said that flash floods destroyed 2.5 lakh hectares of the boro crop in the haor belt at the harvest stage.
According to the DAE, 18,835 hectares of the aus crop and 7687 hectares of the aman crop have gone under water since June 26.
According to DAE’ field service wing 2,554 hectares of aman seedbeds, 20,125 hectares of jute and 3,806 hectares of vegetables, 412 hectares of sugarcane had been submerged.
Besides, 130 hectares of shifting crops had been submerged by floods in the hill tract districts.
DAE officials said that the standing chili crop and orchards on 206 hectares have also been submerged.
Agricultural economist Jahangir Alam Khan told New Age that the country’s food security was fresh threats.
He said that if the floods lingered transplanted aman cultivation would be hampered which in turn could cause cereal production shortfall.
Former Bangabandhu Agricultural University agronomy professor Abdul Hamid said that Kurigram, Gaibandha and other northern districts had been severely affected by the ongoing floods.
After mid July the time for raising aman seedbeds would be over, he said.
The ongoing floods would definitely affect the country’s food security, he said. 

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