Bogra farmers making good profit from green chilli cultivation

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 09 Aug 2017, 21:00:15

Bogra farmers making good profit from green chilli cultivation

Magura commoners suffering for high prices
Our Correspondent

BOGRA, Aug 08: The farmers of Sherpur upazila under Bogra district are making good profit from cultivation of the summer green chilli in this current season despite low output.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office source said farmers and officials concerned were expecting a satisfactory production of the spice following various government steps but adverse weather condition doused the hopes. But, the cultivators are seen happy over the good market price of the crops, DAE added.

Retailer Shafiqul Islam at Baikal Bazar Kitchen Market said severe rain situation from last month damaged the saplings of chilli when the farmers had planted them. Now, the trees of the spice are not bearing adequate production as the some branches is rotten yet, he added.

Wholesaler Alamgir Hossain under the upazila said, each maund of quality green chilli is being sold from Tk 4000 to Tk 4500 in the retail market while Tk 3800 to Tk 3900 in the wholesale market. He also said the farmers sold each kg of green chilli from Tk 40 to Tk 50 last two months.

In a recent visit the correspondent found hundred poor and marginal farmers of Garidah, Khamarkandi, Simabari, Raninagar, Radhanagar, Fulbari, Chalkpathalia, Kalsimaty, Ramesharpur, Shibpur, Daripara, Bangra, Bonga, Chandizan, Damua, Joynagar, Mahipur, Ramnagar and Kanupur area are passing busy time processing the crops defying adverse weather condition.

"I have brought around 23 decimal of summer crops spending Tk 1200 in this current season taking logistic support from authority concern last three month back hoping for Tk 9,000 as profit," said farmer  Samsur Rahman, 56, under the upazila. He again said, "I have got two maunds of crops and sold by Tk 8,800 last week."

High officials of DAE said, "We have taken adequate steps in collaboration with other departments this season to achieve the fixed production targets. The farmers are cashing much as the demand of the crops is being increased day by day."   

Our Correspondent from Magura adds: Common people of the district are suffering due to abnormal price hike of green chilli though the area have experienced a bumper production of the item this season.

Newly-harvested chilli is being sold at Tk 150 per in the local kitchen markets.

Local DAE office sources said a total of 6,893 hectares of land were brought under chilli cultivation with an expectation to produce 13,890 tonnes of the vegetable.

Moniruzzaman, a farmer of Doarpar area in the district town, said he had sold a good amount of his produce in the wholesale market at Tk 55 about two weeks. At that time chilli price was Tk 100 per kg in the retail market. He said, "I am still selling chilli in the wholesale market at Tk 55 per kg, but the item is now being sold at Tk 150 per kg in the retail market."

Tilam Hossain, a wholesaler, said chilli production was affected by heavy rainfall in the area. He said chilli prices go up due to inadequate supply.

In this connection DAE sources said only 14 hectares of land among 6,893 hectares had been affected due to rainfall. It cannot be a reason for the price hike of the vegetable.

Magura district marketing officer Jakir Hossain said price of green chilli is high not only in Magura but across the country.

Chilli farmers urged the authority concerned for monitoring the market properly so that they could get a minimum profit of the crop.
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