Water lily goes missing from Barind region
RAJSHAHI, Nov 9: Water lilies have gone missing from the vast Barind tract including the district.
These were seen in canals or ponds in many villages of the region just one era ago. The nature lovers were fascinated by watching the red and white coloured water lilies in the villages. The children used to collect flowers with much enthusiasm.
With the change of one era, the country's national flower has vanished from village ponds. However, a little amount of water lilies are found in paddy fields, few canals and beels.
Agriculture officials and environmentalists said the water lily has become extinct due to intoxication of water bodies following excessive use of pesticides, climate change, destruction of natural wetlands, and turning ponds into fish farms. While visiting recently, a scene of collecting water lily was noticed in a field at Mundumala area of Tanore Upazila on Monday noon.
It was found that eight to ten children were busy to catch snails in a pond, and some of them were collecting water lily. It is a very rare scene in villages now.
Mofiz Uddin, 75, of the area said once many villagers used to take water lily flowers as curry. But, as the water lily has almost become extinct, hardly any villagers now take this.
Tanore Upazila Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer Samash Ali said the people of rural Bengal have lost this flower due to reduction of water bodies. Water lily usually grows in closed pond. For commercial cultivation of fish, many people clean water lily and weeds from pond.