Rangpur growers happy over commercial cultivation of arum

Dhaka,  Tue,  25 July 2017
Published : 10 Jul 2017, 21:09:11
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Rangpur growers happy over commercial cultivation of arum

Rangpur growers happy over commercial cultivation of arum
Our Correspondent


RANGPUR, July 10: The farmers of different areas in Rangpur division are showing their interest in commercial cultivation of arum, locally known as Kochu due to remarkable profit.

Earlier, most of the farmers of the region cultivated arum on limited basis just for meeting local demands. But the scenario has changed now as in recent years the farmers are cultivating the vegetable commercially and supplying their produce to different parts of the country including the capital, sources said.

Thousands of farmers under the division including Rangpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and  Dinajpur are engaged in the farming of different varieties of arum on both their homesteads and other lands.

Its cultivation process is easier as it does not require much fertilisers or frequent use of pesticides, Farmers alleged.

While visiting some areas this FE correspondent found farmers taking care of their arum fields. Some were found harvesting their produce.

Matin Mia, a farmer of Ranipukur area of Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur told FE that he has been cultivating arum on his land for the last few years and earning satisfactory profit. This year he has cultivated Taro (mukhi kochu or boi kochu) on 30 decimals of land and already earned Tk 18,000 from its sale. He is optimistic of achieving more profit. He prefers vegetable farming as it is more lucrative than cultivation of paddy and some other crops, he added.

Abdur Rahim Basunia, another farmer of Choraikhola village of Nilphamari Sadar upazila said he cultivated Latiraj kochu (a variety of arum) on around 45 decimals of lands this season and have already witnessed excellent yield. He has so far earned Tk 20,000 from its sale in markets.

A good number of arum growers expressed their satisfaction over the financial benefit they get by farming arum besides cultivating other crops.

According to DAE sources commercial cultivation of arum is on the rise in the region owing to huge demands and profit. The soil of many areas under the division is also suitable for its farming as well. DAE also helps the grower by providing them necessary suggestions and other assistances in order to enhance its farming across the region, sources added.

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