As a result, around 1000 farmers of five unions in the upazila are passing their time in frustration and tension as they need to repay the loan they took for cultivating vegetables
Incessant rainfall in the last few days has damaged vegetable plants amounting to about Tk 1 crore in Tungipara upazila in Gopalganj, causing heavy losses to farmers.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension Tungipara office, around 350 hectares of land cultivated with different varieties of vegetables namely cucumber, gourd, bitter gourd, ladies finger, tomato, brinjal, sweet pumpkin, and many other varieties were submerged due to the incessant rainfall.
The roots of all vegetables are rotting due to the stagnant water, and green leaves are turning yellow
As a result, around 1000 farmers of five unions in the upazila are passing their time in frustration and tension as they need to repay the loan they took for cultivating vegetables.
During a recent visit to many villages in the upazila, this correspondent spoke to many farmers who appeal to the government for fertilizer, seeds at free of cash so that they can cultivate vegetables again.
Farmer Barendranath Biswas from Bonnabari village under Gopalpur union said: “I have cultivated ladies and cucumbers on one bigha of land. But the incessant rainfall damaged my crop land, causing me a loss of Tk80,000.”
“I have taken money on interest from a money lender to cultivate vegetables. I thought I would make profit from vegetable cultivation and be able to repay the loan. But the rain has shattered my hopes.” said another farmer Pijush Roy from Mitradanga village.
Farmer Shakti Kirtania said he had cultivated cucumber on two bigha land, but the non-stop rain in the last few days damaged his vegetable plants immensely. “I have incurred a loss of Tk around 1.5 lakh.” he added.
A group of farmers - Sohel Sheikh, Chakha Sheikh, Ranjan Mondal, and Subol Biswas - have urged the government to give them incentives as they lost their vegetables to heavy rainfall.
Regarding the issue, Tungipara upazila agriculture officer Jamal Uddin said : “We have submitted a report to the Agriculture Ministry that vegetables amounting to Tk 60 lakh were damaged in the upazila. The extent of the damage however has increased recently.’
The vegetables yield seemed quite good in the upazila, but the incessant rain damaged the vegetables plants and caused huge losses to farmers. For this reason, the price of the vegetables in the market will go up soon, he said.
“The farmers can recoup the losses if they are provided with fertilizer and seeds free of cost, as well as cash as incentives.” Jamal Uddin added.