Update August 19, 2020

Dhaka 2-12 am, 26-September, 2020

Flood damages crops worth Tk 1,323 cr: Agriculture Minister

Mirajul Moin Joy

Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque on Wednesday said that this year flood has damaged crops on over 1.58 lakh hectares of lands, causing losses worth Tk 1,323 crore.

The minster disclosed this in a press briefing at the conference room of the ministry on the losses caused by flood and the measures taken by the ministry to recoup the losses.

He said approximately 2.57 hectares of paddy fields were inundated that affected 12,72,151 farmers in 37 districts.

Flood has damaged Aush paddy worth Tk 334 cr, Aman Tk 380 cr, vegetables Tk 235 cr and jute Tk 211 cr, he said.

The food production will not be hampered if flood doesn’t repeat this year, Razzaque said adding that the government has taken different schemes to recover the flood damages.

Agricultural inputs worth Tk 17.54 cr have been distributed among the 2,39,631 farmers in the remote areas, he stated.

Besides, the Ministry has taken various measures to recoup losses and hopefully it won’t put any negative impact on food production, he added.

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