In Kotalipara of Netrokona and Gopalganj, the paddy planted by the farmers in the hot air on Monday night was severely damaged. The golden crop has now turned silver with the drying of the sheaf of paddy. News sent by Jugantar representatives-
Netrokona: A sudden hot wind started blowing in Netrokona on Sunday evening. This wind lasts for three to four hours. The wind subsided late at night, but the farmer got up in the morning with his hands on his head. As the sun’s intensity increases, the ears of the emerging boro crop begin to dry out. According to the local district agriculture department, a total of 1,64,963 hectares of land has been planted in Netrokona this year. Of these, boro was planted on a total of 40,960 hectares of land in Howrah area of the district. According to locals and agriculture office sources, the hot weather has caused severe damage to Boro hybrid rice in Netrokona.
More damage has been done in Madan, Khaliajuri and Mohanganj upazilas. However, reports of paddy damage are coming from all upazilas including Barhatta, Durgapur and Kalmakanda, according to the district agriculture office. Shafiqul Islam Talukder, Ershad Mia, Monir Hossain and Ranjit Sarkar, farmers of Khaliajuri Upazila Sadar, said, “There was only hot air from Sunday evening to 12 midnight.
There was no storm. The wind seemed unbearable. After the sun rose in the morning, I went to Haore and saw that the paddy was getting dry. We have been defeated in this. ‘Piklu Sarkar of Sagrakhai village in Nagar Union of the same upazila and Mridul Sarkar of Adampur village said,’ I have never seen such hot air in my life. I woke up in the morning and saw that the paddy in the field was dead.
What will we eat and live. I have borrowed money. How do I give a loan now? How can I support my wife and children all year round? ‘Khaliajuri Upazila Nirbahi Officer AHM Ariful Islam said,’ Farm after field is ruined. We are inspecting the field. The amount of damage will be reported later, ”said Habibur Rahman, deputy director of the district’s agricultural extension department. Our agricultural officials are in the field, the amount of damage can be determined at the end of the survey.
Madan (Netrokona): A sudden hot wind blows in Madan from approximately 9:30 pm on Sunday evening. This has caused severe damage to houses and crops including boro crops of 6 unions including the municipality. According to the Upazila Agriculture Office, boro paddy has been planted in 18,340 hectares of land in 8 unions of the upazila including the municipality in the current boro season. But in the hot air of a few hours, the paddy planted by the farmer is ruined. The golden crop has now taken on a silvery color. Not just rice; Along with this, jute has also suffered extensive damage. Upazila Agriculture Officer Raihanul Haque said, “We are conducting a survey. It will take some time to assess the damage in the huge haor.”
Kotalipara (Gopalganj): Six hundred hectares of paddy fields in Kotalipara have been scorched due to heat in 4 unions. Farmers in Kandi Hiran, Amtali and Pinjuri Unions of Kotalipara have been crying out for paddy.
The biggest loss was in Kandi Union. The other three unions suffered partial losses. Farmers are seeing darkness in their eyes as the harvest of hardships is ruined in a moment.
Amal Haldar, a farmer from Gajalia village in Kandi union of Kotalipara upazila, said it was very hot after 11pm on Sunday. Then indoors and out we feel equally warm.
In the morning I saw that all the grains of paddy in the land were burnt. Upazila Agriculture Officer Nitul Roy said boro paddy has been planted in 24,945 hectares of land in Kotalipara this year. In the hot air, the sheaf of rice is scorched. Hybrid rice has suffered more damage. Initially, it was estimated that the crop of 600 hectares of land had turned white.
Kendua (Netrokona): Kendua Upazila Agriculture Officer AKM Shahjahan Kabir said boro was planted in 20,650 hectares of land in the upazila this year. The yield was very good. But the disaster occurred in the hot windy weather on Sunday night when the rice flowers were coming. Upon receiving the news, the sub-assistants were sent to Haore in the morning. We had nothing to do. We will inspect the ground and send a report to the higher authorities.
Kishoreganj Bureau: Kishoreganj District Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension. Saiful Alam said the on-duty people of the concerned Upazila Agriculture Department inspected the boro crop lands in the vast Haor area till Monday afternoon. They found a picture of 25,000 hectares of rising boro crop damage. However, he said it may take another two to three days to get the overall picture.
Mohanganj (Netrokona): 150 hectares of boro paddy land planted in different villages including Haor in Mohanganj has been burnt to ashes. More than a thousand farmers have been affected. Dola Mia, an agriculture department official in Mohanganj, said the newly emerged sheaves of paddy had been damaged.
Gauripur (Mymensingh): Upazila Agriculture Officer Lutfunnahar said 15 hectares of paddy fields were damaged during the Eri-Boro season and 2 hectares of vegetable fields were damaged. It can be seen on the ground that the amount of damage is much higher. Abdul Hai, a farmer of Sahanati Union, said that the green paddy fields were burnt wherever the hot wind blew.