|Published : 23 Nov 2016, 21:15:18|
Peasants bring more Char lands under cotton farming in Rangpur agri zone
RANGPUR, Nov 23: Cultivation of cotton is increasing in the five districts of Rangpur agriculture region this year as the farmers are showing more interest in growing the cash crop instead of tobacco and some other iteams.
Sources said cotton farming is also on the rise in different Char areas under the region. Due to a good profit many farmers in char areas of the region started cultivating cotton on their lands instead of other crops including tobacco, potato and paddy.
According to Cotton Development Board, Rangpur, cotton has been cultivated on around 3,200 hectares of land this year under five districts of Rangpur Agriculture region, while it was 2,300 hectares in the last season.
Sabir Mia, a farmer at Char Thakurdas at Kawnia Upazila in Rangpur, said he has cultivated the crop on one 40 decimals of land this year and is hopeful of attaining handsome profit by selling his produce.
Growers said sowing of high yielding varieties of seed has enhanced production of the crop to a great extent. Its production could be doubled if modern technology can be applied properly, he also said.
Rangpur Cotton Development Board sources said the prospect of cotton farming is bright in the region as the soil and climate of the region are suitable for its cultivation.
Once many lands of Char areas under region remained abandoned as the farmers did not cultivate crops there, but the scenario has changed over last few years.
Presently people living in char areas are cultivating different varieties of crops including cotton on fallow char lands which has changed their socio-economic condition significantly, sources added. Considering the massive profit necessary steps have been taken to increase its farming in upcoming days, sources added.