DOT Desk: The ongoing floods have so far damaged 56,000 hectares of Aush paddy in Bangladesh, Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque said yesterday, reports The Daily Star.
Of them, 22,000 hectares of the paddy were damaged in Sunamganj and Sylhet alone, he said while speaking to reporters after a meeting with Maldives High Commissioner Shiruzimath Sameer at the secretariat in Dhaka. Other crops such as vegetables, sesame seeds and nuts have also been damaged, he said.
“If the flood does not prolong, it will be possible to make up for the damages,” he said, adding that the government has already started taking extensive preparations to cover the loss.
This season, 11 lakh hectares of Aush paddy have been cultivated across the country.
The floods, which hit Sylhet and Sunamganj districts on June 15, has spread to many other districts, including Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Moulvibazar, the minister said.
Razzaque said the preparation for the seedbeds of Ropa Aman has started. “If the flood situation does not deteriorate, the seed beds will not suffer too much damage.
But, if the flood lingers, the seed beds will be damaged too.”