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Paddy burnt in fields seeking fair price

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Paddy burnt in fields seeking fair price

Failing to get a fair price, Wahidul Islam, a farmer of Mymensingh's Phulpur upazila, burnt his paddy fields of  yesterday (Wednesday). Recently, low paddy prices have made the situation grim for farmers.

They protest by burning their fields.

Wahidul Islam said the low price of paddy and not getting labourers for reaping paddy from the field are reasons behind his anger. Like Wahidul, farmers of different places have aired their frustration over low paddy prices.

Wahidul told The Independent that ripened paddy is left in the field for 10-12 days and there are no labourers for reaping the paddy.  “Wages of labourers are increasing day by day. From Tk. 500 to Tk. 600 earlier, wages are Tk. 1,200 now. But prices of paddy have fallen to Tk. 400 from Tk. 600 in the last 10 days,” said the farmer. Wahidul also expressed anger as those who buy paddy from farmers pay the price one and two months later. He said finding no other way, he set fire to his paddy fields.

On May 12, a farmer in Tangail’s Kalihati had set his paddy field on fire in protest against low price. Protesting the fall in coarse paddy prices and the scarcity of day labourers, Abdul Malek Shikder of Bankina village in Kalahati upazila took this path of protest

Abdul Malek said the government has fixed the price of coarse paddy at Tk. 500 per maund. They have to pay a day labourer Tk. 850 a day to harvest paddy. There are others costs too to process the paddy.   They cannot even find day labourers at such high wages.

“We are unable to harvest properly and timely. So, I set half an acre of my paddy field on fire,” he added. On May 13, another farmer in Tangail’s Basail upazila had set his paddy field on fire in protest against low price.

Nazrul Islam said a labourer costs Tk. 1,000, while a maund [37.32kg] of paddy is being sold at Tk. 500. He expressed anger that the “rice blast” disease hit his crops and despite having informed the local agriculture office repeatedly, nothing was done.

The local agriculture extension office said they were aware of the incident. According to the District Agriculture Extension Department, farmers here cultivated 1,71,702 hectares and achieved a bumper production this year.

Farmers have harvested paddy on around 30 per cent of the land. They have been facing shortage of day labourers in different upazilas of the district, sources said.

Talking to The Independent, the agriculture minister, Dr Abdur Razzaque, said the situation is very critical. Farmers are incurring massive losses as they are not getting fair prices in the local markets, while the harvesting of boro paddy has begun across the country.

The high-ups in the government are trying to find ways to protect the farmers’ interests, he added. Food minister Shadhan Mujumder said the government has decided to establish 200 paddy silos across the country on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Farmers would benefit from these silos from next year, he added.

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