Farmers in Rajshahi region are facing severe problems in transplanting and irrigating aman seedlings due to light rainfall in the ongoing monsoon.
Both the farmers and agriculturalists are afraid that if the irregular pattern of rainfall in the current peak session continues it will affect the production of the crops.
According to the rainfall monitoring report of Rajshahi Meteorological Department, less than 4.6 millimetres of rainfall was recorded in the district on an average over the last 14 days.
Minimum 300 to 400 millimetres of rainfall per month is necessary during this time for proper aman farming, officials say.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension in Rajshahi, around 73,335 hectares of land has been targeted for aman cultivation in the district while 3, 50,000 hectares of land has been targeted in eight districts of the division.
The farmers started transplanting aman seedlings in the end of July but scarcity of rainfall is delaying the transplantation.
Mizanur Rahman, a farmer of Baneshwar upazila of the districts told New Age that he prepared around two bighas of land for aman cultivation; but was able use only half of the land due to the scarcity of water.
He said that there was no rainfall in the area in the last 15 days and the farmers would have to use shallow pump machines to irrigate the land and save the aman plants.
Rubel Hossain, a farmer of village Shugna of Godagari Upazila said that he transplanted aman seedlings to his twenty five bighas of land in the end of July hoping that there would be rainfall in August.
‘Now we have to irrigate our lands using shallow pump machines which is very costly,’ he added.
The situation is the same in others districts of the division.
Abdul Kaium of Porsha upazila in Noagoan said that he transplanted aman seedlings in 15 bighas of land; but he was facing severe problems due to scarcity of water.
Md Firoz Rahman of Mohadebpur upazila said, ‘We usually make more profit from aman crops than Irri-boro crops as we irrigate the land with rainwater. We are not sure if we will be able to do so this year as we may have to irrigate the land using shallow pumps.’
Deb Dulal Dhali, deputy director of Rajshahi DAE office, said, ‘Due to scarcity of rainfall, the farmers may face problem in transplanting and irrigating aman seedlings this year as cultivation of aman depends on rainfall.’
He said, ‘We have asked the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority to provide irrigation facilities to farmers if the scarcity of water continues in the season. We have also urged the farmers to find a way to irrigate their lands to keep the crops alive.’
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