RAJSHAHI: Both yield and market price have made the potato growers happy in the region including its vast Barind tract during the current harvesting season, reports BSS.
Talking to the agency Md Alauddin, 45, a farmer of Borgachhi Nawdapara village under Paba upazila, said he had brought four bighas of land under potato cultivation. He got expected yield due to suitable climatic condition and less-disease infestation has also reduced his production cost, he added in smiling face.Alauddin also said the newly harvested potato is being sold at Taka 10 to 12 per kilogram in wholesale market while the price is Taka 12 to 14 in retail market at present which is comparatively higher than that of the previous year.
While visiting some of the potato-growing areas, this reporter found the farmers are now very much busy in harvesting and packaging of the cash crop along with its transportation to the local markets and cold storages. Thus, the activities generate seasonal employment for many people.
Currently, the newly harvested potato has appeared in the local markets in plenty with more or less better prices benefiting the growers in the region, markets sources said.
“I am getting profit after cultivating potato on five bighas of land. The potato farming has made my family happy,” said Abdul Maleque, a farmer of Baosha village under Bagha Upazila in Rajshahi district.
He mentioned that both yield and market price is almost satisfactory.
Babul Dewan, a farmer of a Char village under the same upazila, said many farmers are seen cultivating potato in char areas of Padma River as they got the taste of profit of the cast crop farming.Golam Rasul, a farmer of Darusha village under Paba upazila, said both acreage and yield were boosted up in the wake of a favourable climatic condition and availability of standard seeds in the region.
This season, he along with his sons cultivated potato on around 150 bighas of land. He said, “We are very much optimistic about our outcomes as the weather was absolutely supportive”.