|Published : 17 Apr 2017, 21:31:31|
Shortage of threshing machine hampers maize processing in Nilphamari
Cultivation of the crop on rise in Bhola
NILPHAMARI, Apr 17: Shortage of threshing machine is hampering maize processing activities in the district.
Sources said the cultivators have started harvesting the crop a few days ago. Most of them use day labourers to process their produce. The district does not have adequate threshing machine.
Production costs rise if a farmer use labourers to process the crop, sources added.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) around 6,458 hectares of land have been brought under the farming of maize with the output target of 46,822 tonnes.
The production target is expected to be exceeded this season, the department added.
Abu Alam, a farmer of Balapara union council under Dimla upazila, said he has completed harvesting maize produced on one acre of land this season. The grower got 100 maunds of crop. His production cost was Tk 10,000.
He expects to earn a profit of Tk 50,000 as the present market price of maize is Tk 500 per maund.
Meanwhile, BSS adds: Farmers of have been showing keen interest in maize cultivation this season encouraged by the excellent economic return from cultivating the crop in recent years.
DAE, Bhola sources said a total of 820 hectares of land have been brought under the cultivation in seven upazilas of the district with a production target of about 5, 670 tonnes of maize.
Agriculture officer of DAE Mritunjoy Talukder said DAE distributed high yielding variety maize seeds and fertilizers among 2,000 farmers in the district to encourage them for cultivating maize.
Maize is being used in preparation of various nutritional foods like corn-well, corn-flex, poultry and animal feed and fodder and in several industrial products as well. The demand for the crop is on the rise with the increase of the poultry and dairy farms day by day, he added.
DAE office source said maize cultivation gained popularity here over the recent years due to its easy cultivation process and low cost.