Potato farming exceeds target in Rangpur

3 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

RANGPUR: Braving the Covid-19 pandemic, farmers have already exceeded the fixed potato farming target by 3.93 percent in Rangpur agriculture region where sowing of seeds still continues this season.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said a super bumper potato production is likely in the region as harvest of its early varieties continues bringing lucrative price to farmers making them happy.

Farmers are now selling their newly harvested early varieties of potatoes between Taka 20 and 30 per kilogram to small traders directly from crop fields depending on the qualities and varieties.

However, retailers at different urban and rural markets are selling newly harvested potatoes at rates between Taka 35 and Taka 50 per kg after purchasing those from wholesalers.

“The government has fixed a target of producing 23.67 lakh tonnes of potato from 93,350 hectares of land for all five districts in the region this season,” Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Agriculturist Md Moniruzzaman said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, farmers have already brought 97,020 hectares of land under potato cultivation crossing the fixed farming target for the region by 3,770 hectares or 3.93 percent by Friday last.

“Farmers will continue sowing potato seeds till this month-end in all five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat in the region to bring more lands under the intensive potato farming programme this season,” he said.