Farmers in Singair of Manikganj have suffered huge losses due to toxic smoke from brick kilns. More than 300 bighas of paddy has been burnt this season. The sky has become heavy with the cries of the affected farmers. The aggrieved farmers complained that the brick kiln was built next to the paddy land and they have been suffering from such situation in the past years as well.
On the spot, on Friday afternoon (May 26) at Rifaiyatpur-Chalitapara Chowk in Chandahar Union, it was seen that hundreds of paddy fields of MBM and Messrs. SAARC Company had been burnt to ashes due to toxic smoke. In addition to these two, 7-8 brickfields have been built in that chalk. The farmers complained that they have suffered such losses due to these low tides. Many farmers are seen to be crying as the ripe paddy harvested in the field is wasted.
Talking to them, it is learned that the owner of the project Anwar Matbar has 49 bighas, Islam has 11 bighas, Abdul Haque has 25 bighas, Mujibur Rahman has 18 bighas, Shahjahan has 6 bighas, Rafiq Sikder has 5 bighas, Nabu Sikder has 9 bighas and Anshar Ali has 8 bighas. It has been burnt to ashes. The affected farmers are floating in the blue sea of grief as this paddy, which provides them with food all year round, has been wasted. They demanded that the brick kilns, which are destroying crops and the environment, should be closed so that they do not fall prey to such situations in the future.
Affected farmers Akkach Member, Mr. Ali, Monir Master, Mojibur Rahman, Kalimuddin Mia, and Abdur Rashid Mollah said that they are worried every year due to the brick field built by cultivating paddy to provide food for the family. When the rice is destroyed by the smoke of the ebb. Besides, the owners of crop lands are not getting relief from land grabbers. According to them, the vat owners and land traders are managing the administration and carrying on their lucrative business. There is no one to watch.
Meanwhile, the same picture has been seen of Chaprail Hatni and Jamirta Chowk of Jamirta Union of the upazila. Project owner Asiya Begum owns 9 bighas, Abdul Malek 40 bighas, Apple 42 bighas, Rupkumar 45 bighas, Yusuf Ali 45 bighas, Abdur Rahim 40 bighas, Karam Ali 25 bighas and Azimuddin 35 bighas. Selim Mia’s 30 bighas and Bhutto Mia’s 26 bighas of paddy have been completely destroyed. Abu Sayem, a local, complained that if the brick kilns built on the crop land were not stopped, the farmers would have to leave their food all year round. Surviving with the family in the epidemic will also be responsible for them.
In this regard, Farid Hossain, owner of Messrs. Sark brick kiln at Rifaiyatpur Chowk in Chandahar Union, said, Exhaust fumes before shutdown can ruin the crop. However, I have no objection to compensate the farmers. On the other hand, the landlord owners of Jamirta Chowk did not agree to talk about the loss of farmers.
Md. Monir Hossain, Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer, Madhabpur Block, Chandahar Union, said that 40 per cent of the cultivable land was destroyed due to the smoke from the brick kiln. If the brick field is not closed from the crop land, the farmers will have to fall into such a situation every season. There will be food shortage. I have informed the higher authorities about the poison in writing.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Tipu Sultan Sapon said compensation would be collected from the brick kiln owners through the Upazila Nirbahi Officer by listing the affected farmers. Besides, the affected farmers will be given incentives by the government on priority basis.
Singair Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Runa Laila said, “I am aware of the matter.” Work is underway to list the affected farmers at the field level. Compensation will be collected from the brick kiln owners by sending it to the district as per the list. Besides, a decision will be taken through the deputy commissioner on whether the brickfields will continue or not.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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