Paddy of 18 acres goes submerged in rain-flood
Published: 01:50 AM, 20 June 2020 Updated: 01:51 AM, 20 June 2020
18 acres of paddy land of the Kashadah Irrigation Project in Shibalaya Upazila of Manikganj has been submerged due to heavy rains and rising water-level in the river. The farmers are fearing losses.
It is learned that boro paddy has been planted in about 230 acres of land this year under the Kashadah Water Management Cooperative Society. Of these, 18 acres of low-lying land has been completely submerged before the harvest of paddy. Besides, paddy in 40-45 acres more land has been damaged.
It has been seen on the ground that the farmers are harvesting sunken paddy under the water. Many have stopped harvesting paddy due to high labor costs. Farmers have not been able to cover the cost of irrigation due to water by planting paddy with a large loan.
It has been found that 3 bighas of land belonging to farmer Samej Uddin, 4 bighas of Harun Gayan and 2 bighas of Kubbat Sheikh have been totally submerged. It is very difficult to collect rice submerged in water and take it home.
Mashiur Rahman Awal, president of Kashadah Water Management Cooperative Society, said no money was taken for irrigating the land under the project. Irrigation money is taken while harvesting paddy. This time the association will lose a lot of money due to the cost of irrigation as a lot of paddies have been submerged.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Md. Riazur Rahman said modern technology harvester machines have been provided to the farmers to cut the paddy quickly and take it home. It is likely to rain till June 27. For this reason, farmers whose paddy field was ripped up to 80-90 percent, have been advised to harvest it.