Cyclone-hit farmers to get incentives: minister

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:42, Nov 12,2019


Agriculture minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque on Tuesday said that the government would provide incentives to the farmers affected by cyclone Bulbul to help them overcome their losses.

Speaking at a press conference at the ministry’s conference room, he said that a proposal had been sent to the finance ministry for extending incentives to the cyclone-hit people.

‘On receiving the fund, the incentive programme will be implemented,’ said the minister.

Abdur Razzque said that the agriculture ministry would also request the central bank to provide ‘soft loans’ to farmers who were affected during November 8-10.

Cyclone Bulbul crossed the Bangladesh coast on late Saturday and lashed the coastal districts the following day badly affecting the standing crops on 2.89 lakh hectares of land and damaging or destroying homesteads and uprooting or felling trees.

Crops of 50,503 farmers were damaged by the cyclone in 103 upazilas under 16 districts, said the agriculture minister.

The 16 affected districts, he said quoting preliminary information, are Khulna, Satkhira, Bagherhat, Narail, Barishal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barguna, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Shariatpur, Noakhali, Feni and Lakshmipur.

The minister said that all the cyclone-hit crops should not be fully destroyed and the farmers should harvest the mature crops.

Agriculture ministry secretary Md Nasiruzzaman, additional secretaries Arifur Rahman, Hasanuzzaman Kallol, Department of Agricultural Extension director general Abdul Muyeen and Bagladesh Agriculture Research Institute director general Shahjahan Kabir were present.

According to the DAE preliminary report, Bulbul damaged more than 2.70 lakh hectares of standing aman paddy alone, which is about 22 per cent of the country’s current aman area.

DAE officials provided to New Age a crop-wise breakup of the agricultural losses due to the storm that claimed lives of at least 22 people in Bangladesh and 10 in India as per media reports.

Of the crops damaged, vegetables were on 7,696 hectares, kheshari on 8,163 hectares, betel leaf on 1,276 hectares, mustard on 711 hectares, banana on 468 hectares, papaya on 803 hectares, potato on 50 hectares and ground nut on 10 hectares.

The National Disaster Response Coordination Centre in its preliminary loss assessment said on Monday that about 10.70 lakh people were affected by the storm in 325 unions under 14 districts.

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