Off-season bitter gourd farming brings solvency of Bogra cultivators

Dhaka,  Sat,  24 June 2017
Published : 14 Jun 2017, 20:54:15
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Off-season bitter gourd farming brings solvency of Bogra cultivators

Off-season bitter gourd farming brings solvency of Bogra cultivators
Our Correspondent


BOGRA June 14: Off-season bitter gourd cultivation has brought solvency among the poor and marginal growers of all the twelve upazilas of the district this season.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office source said over 1,200 hectares of land have been brought under the farming of the vegetable.

Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) and some NGOs have taken adequate steps in collaboration to achieve good yield of the crops, DAE added.

"I am getting a bumper production of the crops from my 0.23 acre of land in this season due to favourable climatic conditions." said farmer Lokman Hossain of Gunaher village under Dupchanchia upazila.

He further said, "DAE provided quality seeds and necessary agri-inputs and arranged trainings courses on the use of latest technologies to make the programme successful."

While visiting this correspondent found hundreds of landless and marginal farmers have also brought vast tracts of the sandy char lands under off-seasonal bitter gourd cultivation. They are seen passing busy time to harvest the crop for processing them in the retail market. Each kg of bitter gourd is being sold at Tk 45 to Tk 50 in the retail market while the wholesale price is Tk 40 to Tk 42.

Farmer Mahir Uddin of Mohasthan village under Shibganj upazila said he has taken some 23 decimal of land under bitter gourd cultivation in this season spending Tk 4000. He is expecting Tk 23000 as profit if the weather condition remains favourable till last week of June, he added.

Sub-assistant agriculture officer of DAE Faridur Rhman said farmers of the district have shown more interest to bring new crop land under bitter gourd cultivation in this season as its cultivation proved them profitable.

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