RANGPUR: An all-time record production of maize is likely in Rangpur agriculture region where the farmers exceeded its fixed farming target by 11.12 percent during this Rabi season, reports BSS.
Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said the farmers are showing huge interest in expanding maize cultivation after getting repeated bumper production with excellent price in recent years.“Maize cultivation is expanding faster contributing to cutting poverty and helping the poor in improving livelihoods and achieving self-reliance,” Horticulture Specialist of the DAE at its regional office Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam told the agency.
The DAE had fixed a target of producing 7.58-lakh tonnes of maize from 83,192 hectares of land in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts of Rangpur agriculture region this season.
“However, the farmers have finally cultivated maize on 92,445 hectares of land, higher by 9,253 hectares or 11.12 percent higher than the fixed farming target of the cereal crop having huge demand in local market,” Islam said.
Like the farmers in the mainland, the char people are also expanding maize farming on the sandy char lands in riverine areas after getting repeated bumper output with excellent profits in recent years changing their fortune.
“The char people have cultivated maize on about 30,000 hectares of land on the char lands of the region where its tender plants are growing superbly amid favourable climatic conditions now predicting bumper output,” Islam added.
Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md. Moniruzzaman said the government has put emphasis on expanding cultivation of the lees irrigation water consuming crops like maize that helps the poor to cut poverty.