Three thousand hectare borough of 16 beels uncertain due to waterlogging in Keshabpur of Jessore
SR Nirab Jessore
Due to waterlogging in Keshabpur of Jessore, boro cultivation has become uncertain in three thousand hectares of land of 16 beels this year. Although the owners of the gher leased the gher on the condition of drainage of water from the bill by December 30, this situation has arisen because they have wasted time in the name of drainage. As a result, even though the time for making seedbeds has passed, the farmers of the area adjacent to the bill are still struggling for drainage. In this situation, the farmers are lost in the question of how to provide boro cultivation and cattle feed, the only crop of the year.
Boro was planted on 2,071 hectares of land in 4,235 hectares of land in 16 beels including Bilkhukshia, Garalia, Tepur, Baldhali, Burli, Dahuri, Bagdanga, Vaina Beel of Panjia, Suflakati and Gaurighona Union in the eastern region including Keshabpur city.
Around 15,000 farming families around the bill plant boro, the only crop of the year, to survive and meet the food needs of the cattle. A decade ago, the owners of the fences started fish farming by closing the mouths of the bridges and culverts around the beel, showing the temptation of farmers to cultivate boro with drainage. Due to the silence of the administration during the dry season, the owners of the fences started fish farming by filling the bill with ground water. As a result, in the rainy season, it seems that the houses of the people are submerged due to heavy rains
Lutfar Rahman Gazi, a farmer from Garhbhanga village, said that even though there is a condition for drainage of water in the beel by December 30 every year, the owners of the gher are wasting their time in the name of drainage. The owners of the gher are carrying out drainage activities of the gher with the help of hundreds of salo machines on the banks of Asannagar canal to drain the water of the surrounding beels including Dongaghata and Harina.
He complained that if there were no farmers, the owners of the fences would turn off the machines. That is why they are forced to stay awake at night.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Dhuturaj Sarkar said the target has been set to cultivate 15,400 hectares of land this year. So far only 9,000 hectares of land has been acquired. Last year, 1,554 hectares of land in 16 beels adjacent to Bhabdaha had fallen. Due to the lack of drainage system, about three thousand hectares of land is likely to fall this year. Even after this, the water of the beel in the eastern part of Manirampur is being dumped in the area of 26 beel in Keshabpur. That is why the water is increasing day by day. Farmers will not be able to plant paddy after February 15.
Munshi Asadullah, sub-divisional engineer of Keshabpur Water Development Board, said that the water of 26 beel adjacent to Bhabdaha is discharged into the river Shri through the sluice gate of Katakhali and the 6 band sluice gate of Dyer canal. But the water is not moving because the river is filled with silt. Shri Nadi is included in the Bhavadaha project. This problem will not be solved if Bhabdaha project is not approved.