Fodder crisis acute in flood-hit areas

Mahamudul Hasan and KM Golam Rabbani . Kurigram | Published: 00:05, Aug 19,2017 | Updated: 00:30, Aug 19,2017

 
 

Flood-affected people Kurigram are in serious trouble with their livestock as the flood has inundated grazing grounds in the district and damaged their silage stock causing acute fodder crisis.
Most of the lands of the district, either of crop fields or grazing grounds, were still under the flood water till Friday.
‘As flood water went up to two feet above the ground at my house, cattle had to be taken out of sheds along with us and put on the road,’ said farmer Hazrat Ali of Char Bazra village of Ulipur upazila, Hazrat, who took shelter on a road six days ago.
He said that he was facing difficulty in collecting green fodder and even hay.
‘Already I have sold one of my four cows at low price even before the Eid as I could not collect required fodder,’ he said.
Many farmers at the village, inundated by flood water for the past seven days, were also facing the same problem.
At Razarvita flood protection dam of Chilmari upazila, local union parishad member Motiar Rahman said that farmers in his area were mainly dependent on cattle for their livelihood but they were facing an acute fodder crisis.
Almost all the flood victims taken shelters at educational institutions and flood protection dam at Razarvita claimed that they neither received food for them nor fodder for the livestock as relief.
Rahim Uddin, a local farmer displaced from his house by flood, said that he used to get 3-4 litres of milk daily from his two cows but now the milk production reduced to only 1-2 litres due to fodder shortage.
‘The flood washed away my preserved haystack,’ he said, adding that one of his cows had been suffering from diarrhoea for the past five days.
Similar fodder crisis was found at Nageswari, Fulbari and Kurigram Sadar upazilas.
Flood victim Nizam, who took shelter on the road at Pachgachi of Kurigram Sadar upazila, was found feeding his four cows some bamboo leaves.
He said that he did not want relief for him but wanted fodder for his cows as his family were dependent on them.
At Char Berubari of Nageswari upazila, cattle farmer Abdul Mazid said that his family had been marooned with five cattle for the past eight days.
‘I was supposed to sell three cattle on the Eid market but I would incur huge loss if I sold them now as they already lost huge weight due to fodder crisis,’ he said.
Kurigram district livestock officer Abdul Hye Sarker said that he had already requested the headquarters to supply required grain and straw for the cattle in the flood-affected areas.
He said that 42,762 cattle, 18,506 goats and about two lakh other livestock were marooned in the district and suffered food crisis.
Hye said that a medical team from the headquarters would soon join the local livestock officers to tackle the diseases such as diarrhoea. 

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