The Teesta riverbed is drying up during the dry season, affecting the biodiversity, ecology, and ecosystem while also harming the livelihoods of thousands of farmers in the northern region. According to local reports, the Teesta river course in Bangladesh is continuously silting up due to deposits of stones, pebbles, and heavy sand as well as sediment, which is detrimentally affecting crop irrigation and navigation.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Approximately 60% of the estimated 90,000 hectares of land in the river basin areas of the region go unused during the dry season.
By cultivating a variety of crops on the sandy ground, many of the Char farmers have been able to reverse their fortunes. On the extended length of char lands, Around 20,000 farmers grow paddy potatoes, maize, pumpkins, and other crops for their living. The char lands provide farmers with high-quality crops at a low cost.
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