|Published : 28 Nov 2016, 21:10:47|
More tomato growers engage in cultivation to get more profit
BOGRA, Nov 28: More amateur growers are seen in the district cultivating tomato this season due to unbelievable price spiral of the produce for the last month. Farmers are making huge money cultivating early varieties of tomato on their cropland as a kilogramme tomato is being sold between Tk 90 and Tk 100, said farmers.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has fixed a target of producing 560 tonnes of tomato on 1,276 hectares of land during the current Rabi season in the twelve upazilas. Due to steps taken by local agriculture offices, the farmers have shown more interest to cultivate the crops in September and the tender plants are growing amid favourable climatic conditions, DAE added.
Farmer Mizanur Rahman said that he had cultivated tomato on around 0.20 acre of land spending Tk 4,000 and has already sold two maunds of tomato for Tk 8,000. He said, rest of the crops may be sold for Tk 10,000 if the weather condition remains favourable and price remain stable until December.
Manager of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayon Bank (RAKUB) Gabtoli branch Mahmudur Rahman said, "The government has taken special steps, including providing agri-loans at low interest rates, to enhance production of tomato by encouraging the farmers to bring in more land under tomato cultivation."
This year the farmers have put in their best efforts to cultivate early variety of potato on their lands in the hope of attaining satisfactory yield of the vegetables. The cultivators are also achieving good profit from its sale after early harvest. The farmers have been earning remarkable profit through farming the crops that encouraged many farmers to bring more lands under early tomato farming.
Deputy Director of the DAE Protul Kumar Sarker said that there was tremendous potential to increase tomato production in the region utilising latest technology, proper crop diversification and land management.
The DAE, other related organisations and banks have been providing training, quality seeds, latest technologies, inputs and agri-loans to the farmers to make the intensive tomato farming programme successful this season, he said.