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Monday, June 16, 2008
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Pabna farmers decline to give paddy for irrigation

Farmers of Atghoria upazila under the district in a press conference yesterday demanded introducing payment of cash money instead of giving one-fourth of the paddy yield as irrigation charge to the deep tube-well owners.

Atghoria unit committee of Bangladesh Krishak Oikyo Parishad arranged the press conference at Pabna Press Club auditorium as part of their campaign for removing the tradition of paying one-fourth portion of paddy to the tube-well owners.

“The deep tube-well owners, who charge one-fourth of the paddy yield, take five to six maunds of paddy worth about Tk 3500 to 4000 for irrigating each bigha of land but they cannot do so according to government rule,” speakers said at the press conference.

A recent meeting arranged by the upazila administration fixed Tk 1000 as irrigation charge, they said.

“As per government rule, there is no scope for taking paddy as irrigation charge", said Atghoria Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Sekhabur Rahman. “We will go for action if tube-well owners continue disregarding the instructions,” he said.

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