Farmers are worried due to insect attack on Aman paddy in Sylhet division, following the damage to their paddy fields by the recent prolonged flood. Farmers are unable to combat the pest menace because of non-availability of effective insecticides in the local markets.
About 1.40 lakh hectares of land were brought under Aman cultivation in the Sylhet district this year. The Aman paddy plants are drying due to attack by insects locally called pamri poka and lack of potassium, The cost of Aman cultivation has increased due to use of pesticides, but those have failed to check the attack, several farmers said.
Haji Alauddin, a farmers Leader told this correspondent that farmers could not cultivate Aman paddy in time this season as the floodwater took a long time to recede. As a result, a large section of farmers may not get the expected paddy output, he said.
In an effort to save the unaffected crop, many farmers uprooted the dying Aman plants, but this will affect the paddy production as there is no time to plant new saplings, Alaudin added. He said farmers could not seek suggestions from the agriculture officials and field workers as they are not visiting the affected fields. However, agriculture officials refuted the allegation and said they are giving advice to the affected farmers to check the problem.
Sylhet DAE Deputy Director Abul Hasem said 1.40 lakh hectares of land were brought under Aman cultivation in the district this year. The Aman paddy plants are drying due to attack by insects locally called pamri poka and lack of potassium, he added. He urged the farmers to use more urea fertilizer to protect the plants from drying due to lack of potassium. We are working in the field and giving suggestions to the affected farmers to tackle the situation, he added.
-AA Correspondent, Sylhet
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