Aman seed crisis worries Khulna farmers

KHULNA : Farmers of the district are facing acute Aman seed crisis as the seeds supplied by government owned Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) could not meet their demand, reports UNB.
This season, BADC supplied 800 tonnes of seeds for the farmers of the district which was 1000 tonnes last year.
Local farmers alleged that due to lack of market monitoring and taking advantage of acute crisis of Aman seeds, traders are selling seeds produced by different private companies at double price.
They fear that the Aman cultivation target might not be achieved if immediate actions are not taken to solve the crisis.
According to Upazila Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), target has been set to bring 17,500 hectares land under Aman cultivation which requires 386 tonnes of seed. But only 200 mts seeds-50 mts from BADC and 150 mts from company sources-have been provided to the farmers against the demand.
BADC fixed the price of its seeds per sack of 10 kg at Tk 410 and companies’ seeds at Tk 340.
Farmers alleged that due to crisis of government supplied seeds private companies are selling their per sack seeds at Tk 900-Tk 1,000, which is more than double that the price set by BADC. However, Md Abdul Latif, Deputy Director of Khulna DAE, said they are working to ensure adequate supply of seeds.