Low market price of off-seasonal brinjal frustrates Bogra farmers

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 17 Jul 2017, 21:08:42

Low market price of off-seasonal brinjal frustrates Bogra farmers

Our Correspondent

BOGRA, July 17: Hundreds off-seasonal brinjal farmers here in Bogra district including twelve upazilas are frustrated over low market price as their harvesting crops are being sold in cheap rate than production cost from couple of week.

The growers have started harvesting of the crops from last month in full swing and they are counting a huge amount of losses, said farmer Golam Rabbany, 45, at Dewra village under Adamdighi upazila of the district. Its price remains very low at the grower level, he said.

According to officials at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said, as more lands in the district were brought under off-seasonal brinjal cultivation this season compared to the previous season. Besides, the output is also going to exceed the target due to favourable weather condition and timely supply of necessary agri-impute, DAE added.

"Each KG of fresh brinjal is being sold at Tk 15-20 at the growers' level and between Tk 12-14 in wholesale markets." said retailer Rezaul Karim, 56, at Goderpara bazar under sadar upazila on Monday.  He again said, "Rather, the production cost this season is estimated to be around Tk 20."

In a recent visit the correspondent found the vegetable growers of the remote villages are seen crying in a slow motion for acute low market price of the crops in spite of getting bumper production. They expected a good profit during the time of planting sapling but the low market price doused the hope for making money.

"I have taken some 23 decimal of off-seasonal brinjal cultivation in this season spending Tk 2400 hoping for Tk 6000 as profit," said farmer Atahaer Ali of Shibganj upazila. He again said, "To produce one maund of the vegetable, I have spent Tk 600 and sold for Tk 560."

Sub-assistant agriculture officer Hossain Ali said, the brinjal farmers across the district have started harvesting the crops taking good expectation but its price remain very low at the growers' level. The farmers may lose the desire of bringing new crop land under brinjal cultivation coming season, he added.

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