Char lands bring fortune for farmers in Rajshahi
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Rajshahi
Chars emerging in the River Padma are bringing fortune for many farmers in Paba, Godagari and Bagha upazilas in Rajshahi.
Hundreds of farmers in the district are now very happy as the chars mostly deposits of alluvial silt have brought them the opportunity for cultivation of various crops and vegetables.
For over two decades, the farmers were planting trees like mango, jujube and banana on those char lands. But, now, they are cultivating crops including paddy, wheat, lentil, sesame, mustard and vegetables, Pepper, onion, garlic, brinjal, cabbage, tomato and potato.
Besides, this year they are preparing the char lands for boro cultivation.
While visiting some of the char villages like Majardiar, Khidirpur, Khanpur, Lotabona and Shayampur under Paba upazila and Char Asariadaha under Godagari upazila this correspondent found that the river-bed of Padma dried up with only a narrow pool and several pockets of shallow ditches here and there.
Farmers of char villages said char lands got more alluvial sediments during the last monsoon, which encouraged them to cultivate boro paddy.
Matiur Rahman of village Majardiar wants to cultivate boro on six bighas of land while Adadul Islam Ali on three bighas, Ajahar Ali and Abdur Razzaque on five bighas of land respectively and Mushabar Ali on 10 bighas.
Golam Mostafa, farmer of Char Asariadaha, said they wanted to cultivate boro but they were facing problems because of not having any fertiliser or fuel dealer in the char villages.
‘Moreover, carrying fertiliser, fuel and other commodities to the Char land is troublesome due to lack of vehicle travels over those dried and sub-merged lands. We have to carry them on our shoulders,’ he said.
‘In the previous years, it was not possible to plant trees and cultivates crops and vegetables on char lands. But the farmers have now started cultivating crops there which have changed the face of charlands,’ Golam Mostafa added.
According to Paba Upazila Agriculture office sources, last year farmers of Char Majhardiar cultivated boro on around 1,500 hectares and char farmers of Khidirpur cultivated on 3,500 hectares.
Farmers demanded dealers for fuel and fertiliser on char areas to save their extra traveling cost and time for collecting them from city.
‘We couldn’t yet appoint any fertiliser and fuel dealer in the char areas as no person showed interest in obtaining dealership,’ said Saleh Ahmed, upazila agriculture officer of Paba.
Besides, he said, monitoring of the sales of fuel and fertiliser was very hard in char areas and chances of smuggling out of fuel and smuggling in of substandard fertilisers were always there. Nazrul Islam, chairman of Haripur Union, said that the farmers had already informed him of the fertiliser and fuel problem.
He had already discussed the issue with the authority concerned so that the problem of char people could be solved at the earliest, Nazrul Islam said.