Daily Bangla Times :
Published : 2023-04-12 01:05:34
Daily Bangla Times: Farmers in Khulna are facing great distress due to an outbreak of blast disease, a common fungal infection that has severely impacted their harvest.
Department of Agricultural Extension has cancelled the Eid vacation of its all staff at upazila level to tackle the crisis.
Sources said around 10 hectares of land in Khulna district are infected with the disease. Dumuria upazila of the district is suffering the most due to the problem.
Boro paddy has been planted in Rupsha, Batiaghata, Dighlia, Phultala, Terkhada, Dakop, Paikgachha and Koyra in Khulna. BRRI-28, BRRI-67, BRRI-63, BRRI-81, BRRI-92, HIRA-2 and HIRA Subarna-3 paddy are also planted in those areas. Upazila farmers are worried in the area.
It is known that the farmers of Khulna started Boro cultivation in the last six months to cover the loss of Aman due to the impact of Coronavirus in the last two years and this year's drought.
Rupsha upazila agriculture officer Md Fariduzzaman said side-by-side the Blast disease, bacterial leaf blight, bacterial panicle blight, and brown planthopper also attacked the Boro cultivation.
Labanchhar Metro Agriculture Officer Jesmin Ferdous informed that a 3-member squad has been formed to control the crisis.
Kazi Jahangir Hossain, Deputy Director, Directorate of Agricultural Extension in Khulna said steps were taken to curb Blast disease in paddy. Farmers were advised not to use BRRI-28 next time.