Low rainfall forces farmers to irrigate Aman fields

After 16 p.c under regular rainfall in June, Bangladesh noticed a drier July because it registered 50.8 p.c under regular rain, which compelled many farmers to irrigate their fields to domesticate Aman paddy, the second largest rice crop.

Farmers largely depend on monsoon rains to develop paddy throughout the Aman season. So now, using irrigation goes to push up the general value of manufacturing.

Take the case of Hazrat Ali Rubel, a farmer at Panditpur underneath Gobindaganj upazila of Gaibandha.

Yesterday, the 36-year-old grower transplanted paddy seedlings that had been almost three weeks outdated on two bighas of land.

“However the drought has hit the sphere,” he stated. “There was no rainfall to say. The irrigation pump operator now calls for Tk 300 for irrigating on one bigha as soon as.”

Rafiqul Islam, one other farmer in the identical upazila, stated his transplantation was delayed for 10-15 days as he waited for rain.

“Now, all have begun transplantation by means of supplementary irrigation though there’s excessive value,” he added.

Knowledge of the Bangladesh Meteorological Division (BMD) confirmed that Bangladesh acquired 250 millimetres of (mm) rainfall in July, which was under regular rainfall of 507mm for the month.

Chattogram noticed the bottom quantity of rain adopted by Barishal, Rajshahi, Dhaka and Khulna, in response to the BMD.

In July final 12 months, Bangladesh recorded 57.6 p.c decrease rainfall than regular throughout the monsoon season, which was the bottom in 41 years.

Some farmers stated due to decrease rainfall, they needed to transplant late, which could have an effect on yields.

The Division of Agricultural Extension (DAE) focused to deliver 59.33 lakh hectares of land underneath rice cultivation amid the present Aman season. Of that, it targets to make sure transplantation of rice on 56.59 lakh hectares this season.

Till July 31, 28 p.c of the general goal has been achieved, stated Md Tajul Islam Patwary, director, routine cost for the Subject Companies Wing of the DAE.

He stated the speed of transplantation has been larger to date this 12 months in comparison with the earlier 12 months.

“We’re hopeful the goal might be achieved. There was much less rainfall in numerous spots for the final couple of days. But when wanted, supplementary irrigation might be supplied,” Patwary added.

Shibendra Narayan Gope, chief engineer (minor irrigation) of the Bangladesh Agricultural Improvement Company (BADC), stated almost one-third of the roughly 17 lakh irrigation pumps accessible, together with state sponsored and personal ones, have been began to offer supplementary irrigation.

He stated they’ve given instruction to area workplaces to maintain irrigation pumps prepared in order that fields could be watered if wanted.

“We are going to preserve our irrigation pumps on,” he stated. “Aman cultivation won’t be affected.”

To debate the difficulty of making certain supplementary irrigation to make sure a very good yield from the Aman season, the agriculture ministry yesterday held a gathering with representatives of BADC, the Barind Multipurpose Improvement Authority and Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board.

Rabindra Sri Barua, extra secretary in command of the extension wing on the agriculture ministry, stated they held the assembly to make sure coordinated steps are taken.

“Supplementary irrigation might be supplied at any time when and wherever it’s vital. We had a bumper harvest of Aman paddy within the earlier season, and we’re nicely ready to make sure that this time too,” he added.

Md Omar Faruq, a meteorologist on the BMD, stated there had been a number of warmth waves within the nation in July.

“There may be chance of warmth waves in August too. However we count on regular rainfall this month,” he added.

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