The recent untimely and torrential rainfall for three consecutive days has left a trail of devastation on mustard and vegetable fields in eight upazilas of Chandpur.
Department of Agricultural Extension sources said standing crops worth about Tk 15 crore have been damaged by the untimely rainfall, causing frustration among the farmers as they have no other means to repay their bank loans.
The potato growers in Chandpur Sadar, Hajiganj, Matlab South and Kochua – the major potato growing areas in the district, are the worst sufferers. As a result, the prospect of getting bumper production of potato this year is now a bleak, DAE sources said.
According to official source, 17 per cent potato seeds in fields have been damaged by the unexpected rainfall from December 8 to 10 resulting in a loss of Tk 2.875 crores of the farmers.
Meanwhile, 16.76 per cent of the standing vegetables worth about Tk 19.74 crores have been damaged by the rain while 16.20 per cent of the standing mustard crops have been damaged causing a loss of about Tk1.20 crore.
Although this year’s target was fixed to bring a total of 12,890 hectares of land under potato cultivation in the eight upazilas of the district, the rainfall affected 3700 hectare areas, according to DAE survey.
The farmers again have started to sow seeds of potato, vegetables and mustard in the hope of recouping the losses.
Elias, 30, a potato grower in Mirzapur village under Chandpur Sadar said he has incurred a loss of Tk 7 lakh due to the recent and other two previous rainfalls during potato sowing season.
Some mustard and vegetables growers in villages Mirzapur, Lalpur , Bishnapur, Kumardughi, Ashikathi and Krishnapur in Chandpur Sadar have also shared their problems adding that they have again started to sow seeds of mustard and vegetables in their own fields to recoup the losses.
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