RAJSHAHI: Commercial farming of banana has been gaining ground in the region including its vast Barind tract with farmers reaping a sound profit from the cropping, reports BSS.
Currently, the banana is being adjudged as one of the cash crops here. Though the farmers were dissatisfied over market price of the crop last year they are satisfied this year with the sale proceeds.Mamun Hossain, a farmer of Tanore upazila, said farmers become benefited from banana farming than any other crop. So, its farming is increasing side by side with other crops.
Farmers cultivate varieties of banana like Anupam, Champa, Meher Sagar and Manik commercially as they can harvest these varieties within a lesser time.
Mijanur Rahman, another banana farmer of Paba upazila, said banana cultivation was further profitable than any other plantation.
Moreover, when the trees are small in size, some other crops can be cultivated on the same land as companion crops. The demand of banana remained the same all through the year and the price is also satisfactory.
Monjurul Haque, district training officer of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said banana is cultivated on comparatively high lands, free of water logging.
Farmers in Bagmara, Tanore, Mohanpur, Durgapur and Paba upazilas dig ponds in their fields and cultivate banana on the enclosure of those ponds.He said this year banana was cultivated on more than 8,000 bigha of land than that of the last year. He said 300 to 350 banana plants can be transplanted on a bigha of land and it costs Tk 23,000 to Tk 25,000 to cultivate banana on a bigha of land.
There was no problem in selling banana because the whole sale traders purchased those from their field.
Shahain, a banana farmer of Bitarail village under Paba upazila, said this year, the price of banana is satisfactory.
Agriculturist Mustafizur Rahman, additional director of DAE, said banana cultivation is profitable. A good number of farmers in the district show their interest in banana production.
Meanwhile, fruit bagging banana farming has been started here for the first time in order to make the cash crop farming hygienic and profitable.
On a limited scale, Sujammel Haque and some of his fellows of neighbouring Birhasthail village under Paba upazila began banana farming in fruit bagging technology this year commercially. Sujammel earned extra money from mango farming through using the modern technology.