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Boro production target won’t derail in trail of Amphan devastation: Experts

ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN, Dhaka
Boro production target won’t derail in trail of Amphan devastation: Experts

Despite damages done to crops on 1.76 lakh hectares of land by super cyclone Amphan and nor’wester, the achievement of national production target of Boro rice won’t be derailed, say experts.

Besides, as the food exporting countries won’t sell their products in the days to come until the normalcy returns, so the experts suggest the government to find out new markets that it can meet the country’s demand immediately through import.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), farmers have cultivated Boro on 47.54 lakh hectares of lands and the government has set a target to produce 2.43 crore tonnes of Boro rice in this current season. 

However, the farmers have already harvested 96 per cent of Boro in coastal areas before hitting super cyclone Amphan and 72 per cent across the country, DAE sources said.

Besides, Haor farmers have already completed to harvest their Boro paddy in seven Haor districts, which provide about 20 per cent of the total granular production of the country.

Farmers have cultivated Boro paddy in a total of 9.36 lakh hectare lands in seven Haor districts—Kishoreganj, Netrakona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj and Brahmmanbaria this year with a target to produce 37.45 lakh tonnes. 

However, experts say the government’s target is set by excluding crops that have been damaged by super cyclone Amphan, nor’wester, storms, rains and other disasters. 

Therefore, they insist that the target, set by the government for Boro rice, will be met but the authorities concerned should have continued their efforts to help and encourage the farmers to grow more crops.

“Internationally no nation will show their interest to sell granular foods at this moment due to possible global food crisis that was forecasted by the FAO. So, the authorities concerned should have to calculate about possible shortage of food right now and find out the solution to address such problem.

Even, the departments concerned should search right now the prospective alternative exporters who are interested to sell their products,” Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) told The Independent on Saturday.

It is very normal that natural disasters damage crops, she said, adding that loss of crops by the recent storms won’t put any major effect on Boro production.

She, however, said that it should be ensured to procure products from farmers directly and make them available on the markets after proper harvest.  

“The government has taken various steps including providing incentives to farmers so that they would feel encouraged to grow more crops. We have already provided incentives to procure reaper machine, seeds, fertilizers, electricity, irrigation and other agricultural equipment,” said Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque while talking to this correspondent on Saturday.

He said 72 per cent of Boro has already been harvested across the country, while 96 per cent in coastal districts before trail of devastation of super cyclone Amphan.

“Our prime minister has instructed on proper use of every inch of land. We have already instructed DAE and other relevant government officials to monitor it as per directions of the prime minister,” he said in reply to a query.

Dr Razzaque said the recent cyclone, nor’westers or other natural calamities won’t leave any impact on achieving the Boro target.
The nation is self-sufficient in terms of granular food production and there will be no food crisis if the present production trend continues, he observed.

HM

 

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