BOGRA, Nov 22: Farmers of the district are now making a handsome profit from the winter crops because of the satisfactory market prices.
Sources said due to favourable weather condition and timely supply of necessary agri-inputs, the cultivators of the area are getting a bumper production of their crops this season.
Around 40,000 hectares of land have been brought under winter crop cultivation with a view to producing 30,000 tonnes of foodgrains and winter vegetables, the sources added.
Groundnut has been cultivated on 196 hectares of land and sugarcane on 744 hectares. Different types of beans have been cultivated on 642 hectares of land, green chilli in around 560 hectares and brinjal on 1200 hectares of land.
Some 530 hectares of land have been brought under tomato cultivation this season.
A total of 4,486 hectares of land has been brought under different kinds of vegetables; onion on 919 hectares and garlic on 552 hectares of land.
Masir Uddin of Atmul village under Shibgonj Upazila said, "I have brought one bigha of land under brinjal cultivation spending Tk 6,000 and I have already made Tk 5,000 from it. Rest of the vegetable is expected to be sold at Tk 20,000 if the price remains favourable till December", he added.
Raisul Islam, another farmer of Dehor village under Kahaloo Upazila, said he is cultivating cauliflower on 0.23 acre of land. He said his production cost is around Tk 4,500. He has started selling the vegetable from last month at Tk 40 to Tk 50 per kg to the wholesalers. He said he has made a profit of over Tk 26,000 and is expecting to earn Tk 23000 more from the rest of the crops if the price range remains the same.
Sub-assistant agriculture officer Faridur Rahman said farmers have brought record land under Rabi crops this season. "We are encouraging the root-level farmers to bring more lands under Rabi crop cultivation as it is more profitable for them", he added.