Combine Harvester for Reaping Paddy – Bangladesh Govt. offers 50% subsidies among the Farmers
By Sadia Noor Portia (8th semester – English Department,
Independent University, Bangladesh)
There are hardly any people who don’t know the name of Nature’s Chalan Beel ( lower firming areas which are used for paddy harvesting in the dry seasons and for natural aquaculture during the monsoon). both the fishland ). Reaping paddy has been started in the Chalan Beel area.
It is learned that there is a bumper yield of boro paddy( Kharif paddy) across the country this year. Since then the bumper yield of boro paddy is also expected in the Chalan Beel. Farmers are very worried about harvesting the paddy in the coronavirus epidemic. In the meantime, the Farmer League, a farmer’s welfare wing of the ruling party Awami League, has taken to the field.
Reaping paddy with agricultural technology combine harvester can be seen at Singra Chalan Beel in Natore. Upazila Agriculture Officer inaugurated the paddy cutting and threshing through the Jolarbata-Boria area of the Chalan Beel a few days before. Upazila Agriculture Officer said that the Combine Harvester Machine was given through a 50 percent subsidy in 6 unions in Singra Upazila.
This machine is expected to come in handy during the peasant laborer crisis. The dual policy of lockdown is going on in the country due to the coronavirus epidemic. Farmers in one district are unable to move to another due to lockdown. On the other hand, people are not leaving the house to be careful.
Northwestern weather is prevailing in the country at present. Thunder and thunderstorms are occurring with gusty winds. In the meantime, 9 people died by lightning in different districts in a few days. At the same time, the cows also died.
Farmers are very worried about harvesting the paddy because of the unfavorable environment. The government has announced that they will buy more rice this year.
Not only in Chalan Beel but also in many other parts of the country reaping paddy has been started. In particular, reaping paddy has been started in the Haor (Wetlands area) now. Due to the planting of paddy late in other districts, it may take another 7 to 10 days to start reaping in those districts. However, it is expected that in the next 7 to 10 days, reaping paddy will be started at the full rate.