BENAPOLE: The farmers of Chaugachha upazila in Jessore district are enjoying farming brinjal as it has turned out to be more profitable than many other traditional vegetables, reports UNB.
According to a source at the Chaugachha Upazila Agriculture Extension office, local farmers cultivated brinjal of Indian and Chinese varieties, locally known as ‘Irri Begun’, on some 400 hectares of land this year.
While visiting a brinjal field at Ichhapur village, the UNB correspondent found the farmers busy harvesting brinjal.
Faisal Hossain, a farmer, said brinjal farming is now highly profitable although the cultivation process is more cumbersome than that of any other crops as well as the farmers have to count additional cost to combat insects due to off-season farming.
He cultivated brinjal on some 1.5 bhigas of land last year and made a profit of Tk 70,000 per bhiga. “Brinjal price is on the rise. I hope to make a good profit this year too, particularly during Ramadan when it has a greater demand,” Faisal added.
Agriculture officers here said a farmer has to spend Tk 40,000-Tk 45,000 on farming brinjal per bigha but can sell the total output at Tk 1 lakh to 1.20 lakh.
Upazila Agriculture Officer KM Shahabuddin said although brinjal is traditionally cultivated during winter, the farmers have been farming it throughout the year as it has the market.