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Cyclone ‘Bulbul’

Crops worth Tk 242 crore damaged in Barishal

Staff Reporter, Barishal
Crops worth Tk 242 crore damaged in Barishal

Different type of crops worth Tk 242 crore, cultivated by more than 4 thousand peasants in 10 upazilas of Barishal district, were damaged due to cyclone ‘Bulbul’. Aftab Uddin, additional director of Agriculture Extension Department (AED), Barishal regional office, disclosing these facts said the reports received from different upazila offices of the district revealed that Barishal district was mostly affected in Barishal division.

In Barishal district, total 4, 149 peasants were affected as their different types of about 66, 000 metric tons of crops cultivated on 1684 hectors of agricultural land fully or partially damaged sustaining losses worth around Tk 242 crore.

Among those, 588 metric tons of planted Aman paddy, worth Tk 22 crore; vegetables, worth Tk 86 crore, cultivated on 2, 000 hectors of land; pulses, worth Tk 87 crore, cultivated on 1350 hectors of land; betel leaf, worth Tk 45 crore, cultivated on 1340 hectors of land; have damaged by the cyclone, said Haridas Shikari, deputy director AED district office.   

Moreover, one person died, 3,050 houses, 22-kilometer embankments, 60 educational institutions, 120-kilometer roads, 107 thousand hectors of non agricultural lands, 435 pisciculture and fish farms, also damaged by the hit of cyclone ‘Bulbul’ in the district, SM Ajiar Rahman, deputy commissioner added.

BSS, Khulna adds: Livestock, farms worth more than Tk. 20.99 lakh were destroyed in the devastating cyclone ‘Bulbul’ which pummeled coastal area in Khulna on November 10, according to the final estimate compiled by the Department of Livestock Services of the district. The damage is seen as devastating for individual farmers, but experts said the overall impact of livestock losses in the district’s economy would be limited.

According to the final estimate of District Livestock Office, Bulbul led to the harm of 11,35,393 cattle, buffalos, goats, sheep, ducks and also death of 1,806 cattle and 5,58,814 poultry birds along with the destruction of over 69 livestock and poultry farms. A total of 15 tonnes of forages worth Tk. 70,000 and 30 tonnes of straws worth Tk. 4, 20,000 were destroyed after Bulbul hit the coastal area of the district, they said. The cyclone also caused losses of feeds for both livestock and poultry, said District Livestock Officer SM Awal Hoque.

“We have recently submitted our findings on losses and have recommended measures to improve the situation in the Bulbul affected areas,” he said. “The department had recommended the government to help farmers for getting interest free bank loans,” the livestock officer said, adding that the government has already taken steps to give free feed and fodder seeds, free vaccination and treatment to livestock.

He said the losses of livestock, especially cattle, would affect paddy farming in the region next season as cattle are used to pull ploughs. “But overall, there will be a little appreciable effect in the context of the national economy,” he said. A rehabilitation programme should be taken to minimise the negative effect, he added. Awal said farmers who had reared livestock by taking loans from micro-credit institutions were now under great pressure, as they could not pay back their loans.

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