|Published : 13 Apr 2017, 21:20:34|
Jhenidah farmers making hefty profit from flower varieties
JHENIDAH, Apr 13: Jhenidah flower farmers are making hefty profit as they witnessed a bumper production.
A total of 208 hectares of land was brought under the farming of varieties of flower in the area, according to the district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
Sources said farmers have been earning an extra profit for the last one week on the occasion of Pahela Boishakh (Bangla New Year). One 'jhopa' comprised of 20 garlands with 600 to 650 pieces of marigold is being sold at Tk 80 to Tk 100.
Around 10,500 people are directly and indirectly engaged with flower cultivation and its processing.
A flower grower of Balidanga village under Trilochonpur union in Kaligonj upazila Moni Mondol has been cultivating flowers for the last few years and attained financial solvency to his family. This season he has cultivated marigold on nearly four bighas of land and is making a good profit.
Another farmer Nittya Kumar of Tilla village said the government should ensure fair market prices to encourage the flower growers.
A make-shift wholesale flower market sits at Baliadanga village daily. Hundreds of peasants gather there with marigold, gladiolus and other flowers.
Flower trader Abder Ali said they buy flowers from Baliadanga Haat and supply those to Dhaka, Sylthet, Chittagong and other districts.
Dr Shah Md Akramul Haque, deputy director of DAE, said farmers of the district are now using modern technology in growing flower. As a result production has been increasing in recent times. Growers' earnings have also been increased than before.