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Excessive rain damaging Boro crop on 5,000 hectares in Sylhet

42Paddy lands on at least 5,000 hectares in Sylhet division had already been inundated putting the farmers in great worry as a full fledged harvest of the Boro crop is about to begin in days.

However, official sources in the Sylhet divisional office of DAE said this afternoon they have received information on inundation of the paddy on about 1200 hectares in the districts of Habiganj, Moulvibazar and Sylhet districts till today. It includes 172 hectares in Sylhet, 365 hectares in Habiganj and 635 hectares in Moulvibazar.

Boro paddy was cultivated on a total of hectares 466,000 hectares of land with a target to produce 17,83,000 metric tonnes of rice in the division’s 4 districts. If the rainy weather continues few more days, the crop would suffer much, an official informed today.

A number of farmers said this afternoon the prospect of Boro paddy is very good as yet. But, the incessant rains and stormy weather over the last few days have caused huge apprehension among the farmers whether they would be able to harvest the crop safely, as many of the crop lands are already inundated. They said if it continues, the farmers would be hard hit. In some areas, worried farmers started harvest of half ripened paddy.

The regional Met office sources said Sylhet experienced highest rainfall of 117 mm on Tuesday.

A total of 17,84,200 metric tonnes of rice are expected to be produced in Sylhet division with 466,000 hectares cultivated this season, official informed.

It includes, 282,150 metric tonnes in Sylhet district, where 79,550 hectares of land are cultivated, 193,620 tons in Moulvibazar with 52,336 hectares cultivated, 470,947 tons in Habiganj having 113,020 hectares cultivated and highest 837,582 tons in Sunamganj, where 220,805 hectares of land were cultivated.

Boro paddy cultivation this year exceeded with 466,000 hectares of land against the previously set target of 456,835 hectares in 4 districts of the division.

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