RANGPUR: The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has fixed a record target of producing 35,397 tonnes of groundnut from 17,7930 hectares of land for all eights districts of the division during the current Robi season.
The DAE officials said farmers have already completed sowing of groundnut seeds on over 9,000 hectares of land till Monday as the process continues in full swing amid excellent climatic conditions across the division, reports BSS.The tender groundnut plants are growing fabulously currently both on the mainland and vast riverine char areas in all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region and three districts of Dinajpur agriculture region in the division. During the last Rabi season, farmers cultivated groundnut on 17,777 hectares of land and produced a record quantity of 33,607 tonnes of groundnut in the division.
Acting Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Md Moniruzzaman said farmers are expanding groundnut farming every year after getting repeated bumper production and lucrative market price in the last 12 years.
As a result of conducting massive motivational activities by the DAE and other agri-related organisations, farmers are increasing cultivation of high yielding varieties of groundnut evolved by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI).
With the consistently increasing demand of groundnut in the food industries and export of the products abroad, farmers are showing keen interests in enhancing groundnut cultivation on main lands and char areas to reap more benefits than other crops.