In Bangladesh, this year's floods have caused a total loss of Tk 1,4 billion (€14 mln) to some 107,400 farmers in Tangail. In Gopalganj, Dr Arbindu Kumar Roy, deputy director of the Department of Agricultural Extension, said river water levels in Gopalganj never crossed the danger mark, but there was still a lot of flooding.
Floods have already damaged crops worth nearly Tk 350 crore and are going to pile up further losses on tens of thousands of farmers, according to an official estimate. Growers of aus and aman rice crops, jute and summer vegetables in 14 districts suffered the biggest losses as the floods submerged nearly 42,000 hectares of the cropland.
In the north-west of Bangladesh, Thakurgaon mango growers are deeply worried despite what seemed to be a great yield. This is because several hundred hectares of mango orchards are inundated as a result of heavy rains for the last several days. Around 500 hectares of mango orchards in the low lying areas of the district went under rainwaters due to torrential rain, making it difficult for growers to harvest mangoes.
Farmers of the bordering area in Roumari upazila in Kurigam district have become worried due to the damage caused on their crops and houses by wild elephants from India over the last one week. A herd of wild elephants enter the bordering area every night and eat up paddy and other crops, causing huge losses to farmers.
Rezaul Islam wades through waist-high water, a sack of rice on his head salvaged from what remains of his home, a week after a cyclone savaged Bangladesh and eastern India. The strongest storm to hit the area this century killed more than 100 people, flattening entire villages, uprooting trees and ruined fish ponds in the Indian state of West Bengal, and south-west Bangladesh.
Cyclone Amphan has dealt a crushing blow to Bangladesh's mango growers, as they are confronted with huge losses from the widespread damage it caused to orchards and fruits ripe for its seasonal harvest. The cyclone barrelled into the country's southern coasts from the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday and carved a trail of destruction as it moved inland at night generating strong winds and heavy rainfall.
The total loss for major crops in value chain management in Bangladesh has been estimated to be around Tk22,000 crore. Bangladesh Safe Agro Food Efforts (BSAFE) Foundation and BARC jointly organized the conference. Dr. Aziz said: "Bangladesh lost this huge amount of food crops during the period of post-harvest, transportation, and storage in the value chain.
A new cattle insurance scheme based on a digital health tracking system was rolled out jointly by Phoenix Insurance and ShurjoMukhi Ltd. The product, Shurjomukhi Pranisheba, will ensure prevent inbreeding, early detection of health disorders, monitoring of calves and continuous measurement of temperature, officials said.
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