LALMONIRHAT, Aug 20 (BDNEWS): Cultivation in Lalmonirhat district is being severely affected by a severe drought this season.
Thousands of hectares of cultivable lands have developed cracks as the soil moisture came to the lowest level.
At a time when the farmers are facing severe crisis of diesel resulting in the stoppage of most of their deep tube-wells, the scarcity of rain seriously hampering the sowing of Aman seeds on 36 per cent of cultivable lands of the district. The agricultural experts feared that 'monga' (a famine like situation) might come again if there is no rain within one or two days.
Spot visits from Lalmonirhat to Patgram revealed that transplanted Aman (T-aman) seeds were sowed on low lands on both sides of the roads, but the scorching sun rays has burnt most of the seeds.
Kobad Ali, a farmer of Doilojore village under Aditmari Upazila, said, "I am supplying water to the lands by using deep tube-wells buying diesel at high prices. But the next day I find the land dry. If the situation goes on like this, how will we survive?"