JASHORE: The government has fixed a production target of 10.28 lakh tonnes of maize from about 92 thousand hectares of land for six south-western districts of Jashore agriculture region during this season.
The six districts are – Jashore, Jhenaidah, Magura, Kushtia, Chuadanga and Meherpur.Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said, some 1,205 hectares of land were cultivated in Jashore district, 18,500 hectares in Jhenidah, 360 hectares in Magura, 9,635 hectares in Kushtia, 46,575 hectares in Chuadanga and 15,715 hectares of land were cultivated in Meherpur district, reports BSS.
DAE officials said farmers are showing more interest in maize farming after getting its repeated bumper productions with excellent market price in recent years as the crop has a huge demand in local markets.
“The government is distributing special agriculture incentives in terms of seeds and fertilisers among small and marginal farmers to increase maize production this season,” said DAE Jashore regional office Sub-Assistant agriculture officer Md Shariful Islam.
Getting necessary assistance and latest technologies from the DAE, farmers are becoming inspired in cultivating maize on more land to enhance its production and get lucrative market price, Md Zahidul Amin, additional director of Jashore regional DAE said.
“The expanding maize cultivation is largely contributing to cutting poverty and helping small and marginal farmers, landless char and riverside people in improving livelihoods,” Zahidul added.
Talking to the agency, deputy director of Jashore district DAE, Agriculturalist Badal Chandra Biswas, stressed on expanding cultivation of the low-irrigation water consuming maize crop to save huge underground water.