Floating market of the paddy saplings
Audity Falguni of DOT
Local market of Aman paddy saplings is now at its peak in Kawkhali of Pirojpur. This floating market sits every Friday and Monday under the Chirpara river bridge of Kawkhai upazilla, according to a report of Daily Bangladesh.
This year, however, the price of Aman paddy is comparatively higher than in last year. This is why the farmers are being bound to buy paddy saplings at higher costs.
It is now the time of sowing Aman paddy at the Kawkhali upazilla along with its adjoining regions. The cultivators are passing busy time to make the field arable and plant the paddy sapling.
The farmers, however, had to face incessant rain, rough weather and sinking of seed bed in heavy rain water. This is why they could not grow paddy saplings in due time. Anyway, the sowing of Aman paddy begins after conquering over all sorts of troubles. Now the farmers are rushing to the floating market of the Aman paddy in the Kawkhali haat (market).
As the land of Kawkhali is comparatively higher than lands of other areas and also is surrounded by rivers, there is no water logging problem in this area. This is why generally the seed beds in Kaukhali don’t get damaged. So farmers from other areas too come to Kaukhali market to get rid of the crisis related to Aman paddy saplings.
As the Aman paddy saplings of Kaukhali is generally of good quality and long, farmers from other regions like Bhandaria, Nazirpur, Nesarabad, Rajapur, Jhalokathi, Pirojpur and other areas throng here. In this market, the Aman paddy are generally sold as “poans” (each poan consists of 80 handful of Aman paddy saplings which costs up to 800 taka to 1200 taka.
Md Nizam Hawlader, a farmer from Nazirpur Upazilla, said, “It takes lots of time to prepare seed bed and collect seed and paddy for preparing seed bed to cultivate Aman. This is why we prefer coming here to buy paddy saplings.”
Mrinal Kanti Roy, another farmer from Rajapur upazilla of Jhalakathi, said, “Now-a-days it’s very hard to get agricultural labourers to work in the paddy field. Even if you get, their daily wage is no less than 600-700 taka in preparing seed beds. So it’s better to cultivate by buying paddy saplings from here rather than preparing seed beds at huge costs.”
Upazilla Agricultural Officer Ali Azim Sharif said, “As the land of this area is a bit high and surrounded by rivers, water logging is rare here. So the farmers can prepare seed bed of Aman paddy saplings in due time.”
“Also the paddy saplings of this area are of good quality and tall in length and attack of insects too is not that frequent. So the farmers feel more interested in the Aman paddy saplings of Kawkhali.”