Bumper lemon output in Rangpur region likely

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 20 May 2017, 21:08:37

Bumper lemon output in Rangpur region likely

RANGPUR, May 20 (BSS): The officials and experts of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are expecting a production of over 90 million pieces of lemon worth Tk 270 million this year in Rangpur agriculture region.

DAE officials said the farmers are showing interests in farming the citrus fruit as they have been getting repeated bumper production in recent years.

The farmers have cultivated 'Kagoji', 'Pati', 'Elachi', seedless, China and 'Zamir' lemon varieties on 262 hectares of land in Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Nilphamari districts this year.

"Farmers will able to get Tk 3.0 per piece on an average this year," said DAE horticulture specialist Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam.

"However, each piece of lemon is being sold at rates between Tk 5.0 and 0Tk 6.0 depending on shape, size and variety at local markets," he added.

"The total produced nine crore pieces of lemon could be sold at about Tk 540 million by the traders in local markets where as the farmers at grassroots level could get just Tk 270 million," Mesbahul added.

Deputy Director of the DAE SM Asharf Ali said commercial basis lemon farming has become a profitable venture making many farmers self-reliance and boosting the rural agriculture based economy.

"The farmers and common people have been farming lemon and using lemon trees as live fences around crop fields also to protect their crops from domestic animals," he said.

Agriculture and Environment Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid said the farmers have been expanding lemon cultivation because it is profitable.

"More than 4,300 farmers and common people became self-reliant through lemon farming," Mamun added.

Regional Additional Director of the DAE Shah Alam said steps have been taken to further expand lemon farming through extending necessary support and training to the farmers.
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