Chilli cultivation brings solvency to marginal peasants in Adamdighi

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 21 Aug 2017, 21:07:47
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Chilli cultivation brings solvency to marginal peasants in Adamdighi

Our Correspondent


BOGRA, Aug 21: A good number of marginal peasants of Adamdighi upazila under the district have brought financial solvency by cultivating off-season chilli.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources, the beneficiary farmers of the six unions of the upazila have brought some 45 hectares of land under chilli cultivation this season with an expectation to produce 20 tonnes of the item.

In a visit on Monday, this correspondent found peasants of Keshorta village under Sadar upazila had started farming the necessary kitchen item leaving paddy cultivation a few years ago. Chilli farmers make a handsome profit every year and it has become an example to other growers of the area and other neighbouring upazilas.

Chilli farmer Abdur Rashid of the village said he has brought some 19 decimals of land under chilli cultivation on an experiment basis this season. He said this season his net profit stands at Tk 23000.

A good number of farmers of the area are showing their interest to bring the new lands under farming of the vegetable, he added.

"Each kg of chilli is being sold at Tk 90 to Tk 120 in the retail market while Tk 80 to Tk 90 in wholesale market," said wholesaler Rezaul Karim of at Muroil Bazar und the Bogra Sadar.

Upazila agriculture officer Kamruzzaman said, "We have offered all sorts of support to the growers to make the cultivation programme successful."

If the growers have been provided easy-term loan facilities, they would be greatly benefited", he added.

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