Our Correspondent ;
Barishal – A severe crisis of harvest workers has made the farmers in the southern districts worrying despite the fact that the boro cultivation yield bumper production.
The harvesting of the boro varieties of paddy is supposed to begin at the end of the month of April.
Agriculture extension department officials said the region will see a bumper paddy production although the amount of land cultivated was less than previous year.
More than 1.5 million farmers used to cultivate rice on over 800,000 hectors of land in the district. Usually Boro paddy cultivation are not popular like Aush and Aman in the division.
Boro paddy is cultivated only on one-eighth portion of the total agriculture land in the division.
Price competition has caused the decrease of the boro cultivation to 125,000 hectors compared to 134,000 hectares in the previous year, said Aftabuddin, additional director of department of agriculture extension (DAE) Barishal region.
The nationwide lockdown over the novel coronavirus has forced the harvest workers to be confine in their homes during the peak season. Generally, the workers travel from other parts of the country – especially from the northern parts. But the shutdown, this time round, impacted as they cannot travel from the districts like Rajshahi, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Kushtia.
According to agricultural officials, about 10,000 workers are needed only in Barisal district for the harvesting of Boro.
newsnextbd.com/n/reporting by Anisur Rahman in Barishal