Boro Paddy harvesting progress achievement is 62% till 29 April in the Haor areas of Bangladesh
Adnan Mahfuz Tazvir (class VIII – English version,
Motijheel Ideal school and college, Dhaka.)
COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic lockdown creates huge suffering to the farmers of Bangladesh in harvesting, possessing, and marketing of their cultivated crops.
Especially, the Boro paddy (paddy cultivated in Kharif I season) cultivators in Haor areas (Wetland areas) were worried about their harvested paddy due to shortage of labors and ban on transportation due to COVID 19 lockdown.
But at the right time, the Government of Bangladesh has withdrawn the labor movement in countrywide, due to this the shortage of labor situation has improved suddenly and the harvesting problems in most of the areas removed and remarkedly progress in harvesting paddy are being achieved from 15 April in Haor areas. Farmers in many areas are still worried about such a situation.
But out of all the crises, about 62% of the “boro” paddy has been harvested in the Haor area of Bangladesh till 29 April 2020, according to the information of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Bangladesh and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).
And the rest of paddy yet not ripe enough to harvest. It hopes those be will be possible to harvest within the first week of May 2020.
The Minister of Agriculture Md. Abdur Razzak MP and the Minister of Planning M. A. Mannan visited South Sunamganj, Sadar, and Tahirpur Upazilas (the northeast region of Bangladesh where most of the Haos are situated) on 29/04/2020 to observe the field situation and problems facing the farmers in cultivating and harvesting Boro paddy in the Haor areas.
This year, according to the source of DAE, the Boro paddy has been cultivated about in 4.45 lakh hectares of lands in the Haor districts Kishore Ganj, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Sylhet, Moulavibazar, Habiganj, and Brahmanbaria of Bangladesh.
it is known that till 29 April, paddy has been harvested in 2.84 lakh hectares of land in Haor districts which are 62% according to the calculation that cultivated this year. Of which 75% in the Sunamganj district, 74% in the Sylhet district, 64% in the Netrokana district, 62% in the Moulavibazar district, 55% in the Hobiganj district, and 47% in Kishore Ganji district and 70% in Brahmanbaria district.