Salinity leaves 5 lakh hectares of land still uncultivable

Around 5 lakh hectares of cultivable land in five southern districts have remained uncultivated for the past 10 years due to excessive salinity caused by Cyclone Sidr. Cyclone Sidr lashed the southern coastal region of Bangladesh on November 15, 2007, leaving 3,363 people dead. Damage to property, livestock and crops was estimated to be USD 1.7 billion, with houses accounting for half of it, according to the government. According to the Soil Science Institute, around four lakh hectares, out of a total 7.41 lakh hectares of arable land, are highly contaminated by saline water. The farmers of the region are unable to cultivate their land due to the high level of salinity, as much as 16-18 deci-semen per cubic metre water, sources said. The salinity level is high in Barguna, Patuakhali and Bhola and arable land of these areas is in high risk, they added. According to DAE sources, rice production has fallen by around four lakh tonnes in the last five years due to the high level of

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