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Plight of litchi farmers in Dinajpur

Published : Friday, 17 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 270

The picturesque litchi orchards of Dinajpur, once emblematic of abundance and prosperity, now stand at the brink of a looming crisis. As unrelenting heat waves, thunderstorms, and hailstorms sweep through the region, litchi farmers find themselves grappling with a precarious situation threatening to decimate their livelihoods.

At the onset of the season, hope blossomed alongside the litchi buds, promising a bumper harvest. However, the unforgiving heat has shattered the promising dream, causing buds to wither and fall prematurely from the trees. The plight worsens as matured litchis, their outer covers scorched by the searing sun, begin to peel before ripening-a grim testament to the ferocity of the adverse weather conditions.

However, while the Bombay variety of litchis offer a glimmer of hope with its resilience to the onslaught of nature, other varieties such as Bedena, Madrasi, China Three, and Kathali teeter on the brink of pre-mature demise. Farmers, the custodians of these orchards, are waging an uphill battle to rescue what remains of their crops. Yet, their efforts seem futile against the unremitting onslaught of heat and erratic weather patterns.

According to news report published in this daily on Thursday, a litchi farmer in Birol, echoes the collective apprehension of his fellow farmers as he witnesses the heartbreaking sight of litchis cascading from his trees. Years of toil and investment now hang in the balance as the spectre of substantial losses looms large over his once-thriving orchard.

Even more worrying is that, some farmers in Dinajpur are reportedly selling off unripe litchis to avoid losses due to different diseases and harsh weather in this season. Concurrently, renowned orchard owners for producing litchi honey are lamenting the grim reality unfolding before their eyes. Despite their best efforts, farmers find themselves powerless against the forces of unprecedented hot weather conditions. The anticipated harvest dwindles with each passing day, leaving behind a trail of uncertainty and despair.

As we witness the plight of Dinajpurs litchi farmers, it becomes imperative for stakeholders to extend a helping hand in their hour of need. Government intervention, coupled with community support initiatives, can provide the lifeline these farmers desperately seek. Measures to mitigate the impact of climate change on agriculture, coupled with innovative farming practices, offer a ray of hope in the midst of gloom.

In the face of current adversity, resilience emerges as the defining trait of Dinajpurs farming community. Their unwavering spirit, forged through generations of tending to the land, serves as a beacon of hope amidst the looming crisis.

Let us stand in solidarity with these farmers, rallying behind them as they navigate through this tumultuous period, determined to emerge stronger in the face of the persisting misfortune.

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