Hot air, blast disease damage boro fields...

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Hot air, blast disease damage boro fields

 ​​​​​​​Pradeep Kumar Debnath, Belabo (Narsingdi)

 Published: 06:26 PM, 9 April 2021   Updated: 06:43 PM, 9 April 2021

Hot air, blast disease damage boro fields

Hot air, blast disease damage boro fields

Boro paddy cultivation is being severely affected by blast disease and hot air this time around at Belabo upazila in Narsingdi. With the onset of the boro season, the paddy is getting infected and burning due to rough weather. Farmers are shocked to see the miserable condition of paddy grown in their fields. In this regard, the Department of Agriculture has given various suggestions as well as necessary advice including spraying the right amount of fungicides to prevent the disease, but the farmers are worried. Although the yield of paddy is good, the disease is spreading due to extreme heat during the day and cold weather at night and the farmer's dream is being ruined.

Visiting different areas of the upazila on Wednesday our correspondent found many lands of boro paddy has turned into white. The upper part of the paddy plant has been scorched and tilted, while the roots of some semi-ripe paddy fields have rotted and the stalks have dried up and become sticky inside. In this situation, the farmers are worried.

According to the Upazila Agriculture Office, boro paddy has been cultivated on 5,625 hectares of land in Belab upazila in the current season. The Agriculture Office is expecting 26,000 metric tons of boro production. However, the amount of damage has not been determined yet. According to the Agriculture Office, Bri-28 and hybrid varieties of paddy are being damaged due to the rough weather.

Riton Mia, a boro farmer from Char Kashimanagar in Binnabaid Union, said a couple of paddy plants were burnt at first. Gradually the whole land of paddy was burnt. Bri-28 variety paddy plants are drying up due to root disease. Although the condition has improved little following spraying pesticides, it did not possible to completely control the disease.

Paddy field damaged by blast disease and hot air

Aminul Islam Afrad of Bhabla village in Patuli union said that he was happy to see such a beautiful crop. He went to the field regularly and did not see any disease. But for the last 2/3 days, he found that the grains of rice are turning white. The disease has spread to the whole field before anything is understood. He is working with the advice of the upazila agriculture officer but it did not work.

Safiq, a farmer from Baraicha, said, “My entire 3 bighas’ crop has been burnt'. Farmer Giasuddin of Harisangan said, “The whole two bighas of paddy of my Bri-28 variety has been damaged.”

Belabo Upazila Agriculture Officer Nazim Ur Rouf Khan said the sudden whitening, burning and stinging of paddy fields was not a disease. This was due to a sudden hot wind blowing a few days ago. Moreover, it is very hot during the day and cold at night. If the weather becomes normal, this problem will no longer exist. Farmers are being advised to spray the right amount of fungicide to eradicate blast disease.