A total of 800 flood-hit farmers of Sylhet are getting Maskalai seeds and fertilizer as an incentive to recoup the loss faced by farmers during the recent flood. Each beneficiary will get five kilogrammes of Maskalai (pulse) seed and 15 kilogramme of fertilizer as the incentive.
Earlier, the government prepared floating seedbeds for farmers under agricultural incentives. Agriculture department officials said that small and marginal farmers are being benefitted from the incentive programme of the government.
According to the sources, a total of 13,700 farmers of 12-upazilas of Sylhet, excepting Jakiganj, were affected by flood this year incurring Tk. 170 million (1.7 crore) loss of crops. To recoup the loss, the government has taken up a number of agriculture incentives for small and marginal farmers.
Under the programme, the government has sanctioned 4,000 kilogrammes of seeds of Maskalai, 8,000 kilogrammes of DAP and 4,000 kilogrammes of MOP fertilizer amounting Tk. 670,000. Earlier, the government prepared 100 floating seedbeds and disbursed cash money for the affected farmers as incentives.
Syed Abdus Sabur, Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer of Sylhet, said that the government took initiative to distribute seeds of Maskalai and chemical fertilizer among farmers as incentives. Accordingly, chairmen of concerned unions will send a list of beneficiaries and those beneficiaries will be supplied with the seed and the fertilizer from the agriculture officers. He said already the seeds and fertilizer to be distributed as incentives to the flood-hit farmers have been sent to each upazila.
Anisuzzaman, Agriculture Officer of Beani Bazar upazila, said that he got the seeds and fertilizer to be distributed among flood-affected farmers as incentives and already he distributed those among beneficiaries of five unions according to the list prepared by the UP chairmen.
Salah Uddin, Deputy Director of DAE, Sylhet in this connection informed, Maskalai is a profitable crop and it is also protein rich food. He added in Sylhet lentil and Khesari are not produced on a large scale but the cultivation of Maskalai is popular among farmers. He mentioned the farmers' friendly government was trying to encourage farmers in various ways. Due to incentives from the government, farmers of the country were still surviving despite the loss they faced due to damage of their crops in flood.
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