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Farmers’ dreams have been ruined due to hailstorm in different places in Chapainawabganj

Md Magem Ali
January 13, 2022 11:54 am
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Chapainawabganj representative.

The rocks fell like snow. There was wind and rain. Such storms and hailstorms have occurred in the winter night in the northwestern district of Champainbabganj. This rare incident happened around 9:30 pm on Wednesday (January 12).

It is learned that these heavy rains, storms and hailstorms have caused severe damage to crops. The advance buds of mango have been destroyed. Although a little rain was beneficial, the farmers were affected by the additional hailstorm, said the Department of Mango Science and Agriculture.

Earlier, it was reported that it had rained in different parts of the district from 4 pm to 6:30 pm on Wednesday. It has rained in Gomstapur upazila from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. In addition to waterlogging in some places, winter is in full swing.

The sky in Chapainawabganj was cloudy since morning on Wednesday. The sun was not seen during the day. Heavy rains have also disrupted life in Sadar Upazila, Shibganj and Nachol Upazilas of the district. This game of stormy rain lasts until late at night.

To know about this, I talked to Zulkar Nain, a resident of Gomstapur upazila of the district on Thursday morning. He said the sky had been cloudy since Wednesday morning. But suddenly it started raining from 4 pm. It rains in torrents before evening. The rains have created waterlogging in many parts of Gomstapur. Hail also fell in Gomstapur in the evening.

Shibganj Upazila resident Sajidul Haque said it had been raining for about an hour and a half on Wednesday evening. But around 9:30 pm there was heavy hail. Which lasts for more than half an hour. And during the winter, there was a cloudy sky all day, but no one came out of the house with the fear of rain or pre-preparation. As a result, those who have been out of the house have suffered a lot.

In this regard, businessman Roni Ali said, I have never seen such hailstorm in my life. From Chhatrajitpur in Shibganj to Ranihati Bazar, one knee seems to be lying on the rocky road. I have never seen such a scene. Soil is nowhere to be seen in front of the roadside houses. And some buds of early varieties of mango came. It’s all over.

Alamin Jewel, a resident, said rainwater had flooded crops. However, the most damage was caused by hail. This will cause severe damage to the early buds and buds of mango. The storm also knocked down houses, plants and electrical poles in many places. He urged the local administration to stand by the affected farmers.

Abu Saleh Mohammad Yusuf Ali, a scientific officer at the Chapainawabganj Regional Horticulture (Mango) Research Center, said the mango buds have not yet started sprouting. As a result, there is no danger of hail damage. However, after heavy rains, mango trees are attacked by a large number of fungi. Meanwhile, care must be taken. However, the mango buds will be destroyed in advance due to hail.

Muhammad Nazrul Islam, deputy director of the district’s agricultural extension department, said light rains at this time of winter would be beneficial for various crops, including mangoes. A little rain blessing for lentils, mustard, gram, wheat. Because a little water is needed at this time. However, excess rainfall can cause extensive damage to crops. Moreover, if the sun does not rise the day after the rain, the amount of damage is much higher. He also said that government assistance would be provided to the affected farmers.