Low rainfall affects Aman cultivation in Northern districtsZakir Hossain, Rangpur
Long absence of rain in the northern districts has made farmers anxious as they could not properly and adequately plant Aman seedlings in their farms, officials and farmers said.
A drought-like situation has been prevailing in the region even in the month of Shrabon which is a full monsoon as per the Bangla calender. Agriculturalists and farmers have apprehended huge shortfall of Aman harvest if the situation did not improve in the next few days.
Lack of precipitation also caused the level of pond water and other marshes to fall.
As the seed beds mature the farmers ventilate their hopelessness seeing the hostile weather condition. Aman cultivation depends heavily on natural rainfalls.
District Met office discloses that the rainfall in eight districts of Rangpur- Dinajpur were recorded 623 millimetre during the months of June and July this year which is 70 millimeter bellow than the normal precipitation.
According to the DAE, Rangpur regional office some 59,042 hectares of lands were brought under seed beds in eight districts.
Some 10,24,333 lakh hectares of lands will be brought under Aman cultivation in the districts this year estimating 2.65 metric tonnes of production per hectare.
The district wise land break-up is as follows: 1,53,732 hectares in Rangpur, 1,13,695 hectares of lands in Kurigram, 77,789 hectares in Lalmonirhat, 1,22,227 hectares in Gaibandha, 1,06,814 hectares in Nilphamari, 1,24,219 hectares in Thakurgaon, 2,39,734 hectares in Dinajpur and 86,123 hectares of lands in Panchagarh district.
Of them only fifty percent lands were brought under for plantation in those districts, farmers said.
Habibullh Miah, a farmer at Nabdigonj village under sadar upazilla said, he had prepared seed beds for cultivating 10 bighas [1bigha= 33 decimal] of lands. He could not plant even a bigha of land till today though the age of seed beds exceeded 40 days.
Afzal Hossain, a farmer at Emandpur village under Mithapukur upazilla said he had prepared his eight bighas of lands for Aman plantation. Of them he planted only one bigah as he could not afford to irrigate all lands. He has to irrigate the piece of land everyday. Otherwise, the tender plants will turn dry and even may die.
One hour of irrigation costs him Tk 60 which he thinks an additional expense. ‘It will be impossible for me to plant the rest of the lands without rainfall,’ Afzal said.
Price hike of agricultural inputs coupled with high labour costs frustrated the farmers. Many farmers said the prices of agriculture inputs were very high this year.
The Government measures, including subsidy distribution for diesel, irrigation and cutting down fertiliser prices, had made farmers happy in the past years but the recent exorbitant prices of diesel, fertilizers, and stopping of the subsidy frustrated us this year.
It will be an additional burden for the farmer not and work as a disincentive to grow transplanted Aman seedlings, said Abu Bakar Miah, a farmer at Gada village under Kishoregonj upazilla of Nilphamari district.
Additional Director of DAE at Rangpur, Sikander Ali, claimed about 75 percent of the targeted lands in the region had already been planted. The rest of the lands would be planted soon.
He also said Aman is a lucrative and principal crop for the farmers as it costs little. The farming can be done by rain water. The proper time for the plantation is from July to mid August.
He, however, noted that it is better to plant 25-30 days old saplings. Older saplings may cause fall in output as those are vulnerable to pest attack and different diseases.
A USAID scientist, Dr Abdul Mazid, said at least 700 millimetre rainfall is required in July for the transplantation but the actual rainfall was recorded at 623 millimetre.
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