Rangpur peasants happy over good yield of Latkan

Dhaka,  Sat,  22 July 2017
Published : 09 Jul 2017, 21:24:10
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Rangpur peasants happy over good yield of Latkan

Rangpur peasants happy over good yield of Latkan
Our Correspondent


RANGPUR, July 9: The cultivators of Latkan (Burmese grape) at different areas under Rangpur division are delighted due to good yield of their produce this season.

They are also earning handsome profit from its sale in markets which is encouraging them to grow the fruit on a large scale in next season.

According to sources, many farmers of the region had to struggle a lot by cultivating paddy only. But presently cultivation of different varieties of fruits including Latkan has brought a significant change in their financial condition.

Sources said Latkan trees generally grow on highlands. Around 200 to 210 saplings can be planted on 45-55 decimals of land and some 115 to 120 maunds of fruit can be harvested each year, sources also said.

Like previous years the growers are getting good prices of their produce, People are cultivating the fruit on their homestead as well as land, sources added.

Mahfuzar, a Latkan grower of Nabdiganj village at Pirgachha upazila under Rangpur district said due to impressive profit growers are showing their interest in its cultivation in recent years. During last few years he made considerable profit from the sale of the fruit.

Alam Mia, another Latkan grower of Rajarhat upazila in Kurigram district said a good number of farmers of his area and his adjacent areas are being economically benefited through farming of Latkan in recent years.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said farming of Latkan and some other varieties of fruits is getting much popularity among the farmers of different districts of the division including Rangpur, Kurigram. Lalmonirhat,  Dinajpur, Panchagarh and Thakurgaon. Fruit farming has become lucrative in recent times in comparison with farming of crops, sources added.

DAE official sources said the soil of many areas of the region is suitable for farming of the different varieties of fruits including Latkan. Due to high profit, farmers are showing their interest in its cultivation, sources further said.

The department is providing adequate supports and suggestions to the growers in order to boost up its farming, across the region, sources added.

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