As many as 7,900 farmers in the districts have been affected by the floods
Flash floods in Faridpur have damaged cash crops worth more than Tk10 crore, affecting nearly 100,000 hectares of land.
According to the district’s Agricultural Extension Department (AED) office, over 7,900 farmers have been affected after the loss of 3,945 tons of crops in the floods this year.
The AED said that crops on over 900 hectares of land had been completely ruined. The damaged crops include 621 hectares of Ropa Amon, two hectares of Aaush (Ufsi), nine hectares of local Aaush, 195 hectares of sown Amon paddy, seven hectares of banana orchards, 15 hectares of green chillies and 54 hectares of vegetables.
According to Ripon Prasad Saha, an agriculture officer in the district’s Alfadanga Upazila, vegetables on 10 hectares of land have completely been ruined by floods.
He added that the amount relating to the damage was 10.52% of the total vegetable cultivation in the entire upazila.
Siddique Jamadar, 46, from Tajuddin Matubbar North Channel Union had planted banana trees on 15 acres of land.
The floods submerged his orchard and by the time the water receded, the trees had started dying.
A farmer in the same union, Abdul Majid, 62, had sown Aaush paddy on 33% of his land but nearly 75% percent of the crops were destroyed in the floods.
Another farmer, Rajjab Matabbar, 49, lost three out of his 10 acres of Aush paddy.
North Channel Upazila Parishad Chairman Md Mostakuzzaman said that as many as 120 acres of Aaush paddy, vegetables on 30 acres of land and 200 acres of banana orchards had been destroyed by floodwaters in his union.
He said that it would be difficult for the flood-affected farmers to recover if the government did not roll out a stimulus plan to help them.
According to Madhukhali Upazila Agriculture Officer Alvi Rahman, of the total 16,658 hectares of cultivable land in the upazila green chilli is cultivated on 2,640 hectares of land, which is 16% of total cultivation.
He said 125 out of the 210 farmers affected by the floods grew chillies, which had been destroyed by the floodwaters.
Meanwhile, Department of Agricultural Extension Deputy Director Md Hazrat Ali said 2,010 farmers in six flooded upazilas had been allotted 5kg of seeds and 15kg of fertilizers for Mashkalai (a variety of lentil) cultivation.
He said that the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) would provide the farmers with seeds and fertilizers while the Upazila Nirbahi Officers would bear the transportation costs.
However, banana and green chilli farmers had never been given incentives and this time would be no different, he added.