The devastating floods in Bangladesh have damaged crops worth about 20 billion taka (about 286 million U.S. dollars) in the 39 flood-hit districts out of the country's 64 districts.
According to a preliminary estimate by the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) under the Ministry of Agriculture, the damaged crops include rice, jute, vegetable and spices on around 469,000 hectares of land, which is about 26 percent of the total cultivated crops in the affected areas.
Production of these crops will now reduce by nearly 1.7 million tonnes, the DAE estimate submitted to the agriculture ministry was quoted by the local newspaper The Daily Star as saying on Sunday.
In such a situation, the government has initiated a 650-million-taka (about 9.3 million U.S. dollars) post-flood rehabilitation program to rehabilitate the marginal farmers in the affected districts.
Agriculture Adviser Dr. CS Karim at a meeting with the DAE officials Saturday directed them to expedite implementation of the rehabilitation program, sources said.
Late variety rice seedlings and seeds of dry season crops will be distributed among the farmers under this program. Seedlings of different types of seasonal rice have been raised on 203.25 hectares to be distributed soon for transplantation, according to senior officials of DAE.
The DAE has also initiated measures to motivate other farmers to prepare seedbeds using their preserved seeds and exchange seeds with interested farmers. It is also giving post-flood farming guidelines and conducting campaigns for following those.
These steps are intended to assist farmers to increase productivity using area-specific appropriate agricultural technologies.
The DAE's control rooms at central, district and sub-district levels are working to prepare a complete document on flood damage in the country. It is also trying to update and popularize the post-flood guidelines for farmers.
The current flood in Bangladesh, caused by incessant rain and water flowing from upper stream, has so far claimed 554 lives and marooned some 10.5 million people.
Meanwhile, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center Saturday said the flood situation could deteriorate slightly in some districts in the wake of a fresh spell of rainstorm under the impact of the latest depression in a series over the Bay.
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