‘Bulbul’ damages Tk 48cr agriculture crops in Khulna

Aman paddy and winter vegetables sown in nine upazilas of the district were damaged by recent cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ causing a loss of Tk 48.27cr, according to initial reports of the Department of Agriculture Expansion (DAE) in Khulna. Deputy Director of DAE in Khulna Agriculturist Pankaj Kanti Majumder disclosing these facts said the reports received from the nine upazila offices of the district revealed that Koyra upazila, adjacent to Sundarbans, was mostly affected.

At least 3,021 hectares of crops land were totally damaged, he said, adding that cyclone ‘Bulbul’ affected over 40 thousands farmers will be rehabilitated soon by the government after the approval from the finance ministry. Some 14,690 metric tons of crops worth Taka 48.27cr were destroyed by the cyclonic storm.

Pankaj said, the DAE is going to adopt an agricultural rehabilitation programme in the affected areas shortly, after receiving allocation from the government. “Bangladesh is a disaster prone country as it is situated in delta geographically. The country witnessed frequent tidal surges, storms and was affected by the worst cyclones in the history,” Pankaj told BSS today.

The upazila which were mostly affected in Khulna by the ‘Bulbul’ were Dakop, Koyra, Batiaghata, Paikgachha, Rupsha and Dumuria, he said. Amon paddy, winter vegetables, mustard, papaya, banana, and betel leaf were damaged in 3,021 hectares of land, he added. Among the damaged farmlands, Pankaj said Ropa Aman crops were on 2,500 hectares of land, winter vegetables 376 hectares, mustards 40 hectares, papaya 68 hectares, banana 26 hectares and betel leafs 11 hectares.

Terming the incumbent government will always stand beside the farmers, he expected that the rehabilitation activities will begin very soon.