Profuse maize output delights Rangpur cultivators

Dhaka,  Tue,  19 September 2017
Published : 17 Jun 2017, 21:13:01
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Profuse maize output delights Rangpur cultivators

Our Correspondent

RANGPUR, June 17: Harvesting of maize is going on in full swing across Rangpur agriculture region and the farmers are delighted to witness a good yield of their produce.

According to sources easy cultivation process, less labour, low irrigation cost and good profit have encouraged the farmers to cultivate the crop on a large scale in the region this year.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said maize was cultivated on around 99,633 hectares of land this season with a production target 0.79 million tonnes of grain in five districts of Rangpur agriculture zone.

The districts are: Rangpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Gaibandha.

Visiting the maize fields in different areas under the region, this FE correspondent found the farmers and farm labourers passing busy time reaping and gathering the maize from morning to night.

Presently the crop is being sold at Tk 440 to Tk 480 per maund which is not so satisfactory to the growers. Farmers also hoped that its price would go up within next month. Many farmers are yet to sell their produce to get more profit later.

Nazrul Mia, a farmer at Char Nazirdaho village under Kawnia upazila in Rangpur, told this correspondent that he brought 1.15 bigha of land under   cultivation of maize this season, spending around Tk 10,000. He got 60 maunds of grain which he has sold at Tk 27,000.

Akbar Ali, another farmer of Mogolkot village of Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur said he cultivated maize on one acre of land this year and got satisfactory production. He is also expecting good profit from its sale in market.

A number of farmers said this year due to adequate rainfall they could save irrigation cost. Generally, its farming requires less irrigation than that of paddy they added.

DAE official sources said the department provided the farmers with logistic support including fertilisers and other necessary agri-inputs during the time of cultivation in order to enhance maize production.

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