CHAUHALI: The maize farmers in the upazila of Sirajganj district are expecting bumper yield of the crop this year due to favourble weather conditions.
Farmers of Chauhali upazila is once again optimistic about maize cultivation as the crop has been causing happiness to increasingly larger numbers of them in the past few years.They have cultivated maize even on abandoned sandy land and are expecting boon profit.
Sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Chauhali upazila said they had planned to cultivate maize on 60 hectares of land, but increased it to 70 hectares.
Kamal Mridha, a farmer of Omarpur village in Chauhali upazila, said he has been cultivating maize on his land for the last five years. “This year, I have cultivated maize on 8 bighas of land and I expect to get 260 maunds.
He further said that he had spent Tk 2500 for maize farming on one bigha of land and expects to earn minimum Tk 10,000 from each bigha. “I will cultivate the crop on more land if I get agriculture loan from the bank,” the farmer added.
Khokon Hawladar, of Mirkutia village in the upazila said he spend less on irrigation, labour and fertiliser for maize cultivation than for other crops.
“I got 120 maunds of maize from four bighas of land last year and I hope to get 125 to 130 maunds this year,” Khokon said, adding that he sold one maund of maize for Tk 450 last year.Chauhali Upazila Agriculture Officer Md Zerin Ahmed said, “This year the government helped 1000 farmers in the upazila with incentives. Every one of them was provided with 3kgs of maize seedlings and 35 kgs of fertilizers.”
He added that 60 people apart from the 1000 were given additional incentives of Tk 2000 under a special government project. He said, “Maize is a low risk crop and also brings in good profits. This is the reason farmers have been turning to this crop.”
Farmers will reap bumper output of maize this year due to good seeds and favourable weather conditions. They will also get expected prices in the local markets this year, he hoped.