Fate of our farmers
Bangladesh is an agricultural country. Our economy largely depends on agriculture. More than 70 percent people lives in rural areas and all of them earn their livelihood through agricultural work. Although farmers and agriculture are the life-blood of our economy, farmers (especially those in the northern region) face severe problem owing to the present political unrest. They are facing an enormous crisis in cultivating seasonal crops due to a shortfall in supplies of diesel and fertilisers. There is disruption in supplies because of continued blockade and hartals when vehicles remain off roads for security. As a result, the normal agriculture activities are tremendously impacted.
There are allegations from farmers that the situation is being exploited by a section of corrupt traders who have raised the price of agricultural commodities abnormally. Finding no other option, the helpless farmers are being forced to procure fertilisers and diesel at exorbitant prices to save the seasonal crops. It is only natural that farmers are worried about the expected yield of seasonal crops since they fail to procure fertilisers and diesel in due time or have to buy the agricultural inputs at higher prices.
It is high time for our political leaders to stop the turmoil in the country for the subsistence of our agricultural sector. Politicians should advise their activists not to be engaged in any agitation that hinder the work of our farmers. We should remember that if our farmers fail to cultivate crops, the country will face a great problem in the near future.
Md. Meftaul Islam
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