The farmers in Sylhet division are facing losses as the recent flood caused damage on the fields of Aus paddy at many upazilas of the region. A large portion of the cultivated Aus paddy has been damaged due to the flood.
Sources said that a total of 2683 hectares of Aus paddy land were affected by the flood.
Talking to the Bangladesh Post, some farmers said that floodwater and heavy rainfall affected their crops. Prolonged rain and stagnant water affected the new plants, while the floodwater affected the mature ones. Sources of the office of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Sylhet, inform that this year flood caused losses of 2683 hectares of Aus paddy field in Sylhet division. Of the affected fields, a total of 66 hectares in Habiganj, 1717 hectares in Sylhet, 56 hectares in Moulvibazar and 844 hectares in Sunamganj district. The total damage was estimated after receiving the report from districts, said the DAE officials.
However, the possibility of recouping the loss is almost nil although the rains ceased a few days ago and water started receding in most of the areas, a number of farmers said.
Excessive rains, and rolling down of water over three weeks inundated the croplands in the four districts, said Elias Uddin , the Deputy Director at the Sylhet divisional office.