Pumpkin cultivation increasing gradually in Adamdighi

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 24 Aug 2017, 20:49:00

Pumpkin cultivation increasing gradually in Adamdighi

Our Correspondent

BOGRA, Aug 24: Pumpkin growers of Adamdighi upazila of the district are happy over good yield as well as fair price in this current season.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office source said, over 500 poor and marginal farmers of Komorpur, Shalgram, Jinoir, Tarta, Jhakot, Sariangram, Kundagram and Miti villages of the upazila have brought some 400 hectares of high land under pumpkin cultivation. They have already started harvesting of the crops and processing in the different kitchen markets of the upazila, DAE added.

To cultivate the vegetable, the farmers need not large cropland and big amount of capital.  Considering easy and cheap cost, the growers have shown more interest to bring new land under pumpkin cultivation across the upazila. The cultivation of the vegetable is increasing gradually in the area as it is proved them more lucrative within short time.

"I have taken some 23 decimal of land under Kumra cultivation spending Tk 1200 hoping for good profit in this current season," said farmer Erfan Ali, 56, at Tetulia village under the upazila. "I have sold some 60 pieces of the crops with Tk 1300 and hope Tk 5600 will be sold from the remaining crops," he also said.

In a visit on Thursday at Kundagram hat under the upazila the correspondent found the farmers from different villages coming with pumpkin with a view to transaction. Each fresh Kumra is being sold from Tk 20 to 60 depend on size and shape. Sometimes they send the vegetable to the nearest upazilas of the district.

Another farmer Hazrat Ali, 45, at Kanchonpur village under the upazila said, he had made Tk 30 thousand from his 27 decimal of land previous year. To make the same amount of profit, he has brought over 0.35 acre of land under the pumpkin cultivation spending Tk 2700 for measure fertilisers, well seed and labours cost, he added.

Farmer Matiur Rahman, 56, at Shalgram village said, the farmer can grow adequate pumpkin without using insecticide as pest attack is rare in the crops land. A fresh plant give birth average 50 pieces of quality pumpkin, he added.

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