NILPHAMARI: Farmers in six upazila of Nilphamari district are widely cultivation of maize in this current season.
Farmers in the district are expecting bumper maize production this year. In a field visit the correspondent found most of the farmers of the area inclining towards maize cultivation leaving cultivation of other crops due to better profit from maize.Meanwhile, the farmers of Teesta based sandy area are also expecting bumper production of it due to the suitable soil, favourable weather conditions and timely supply of necessary agriculture inputs.
Farmer Tota Miah, 43, son of late Mujibor Ali of Pagol Para village under Dimla upazila of the district said, “This year I have cultivated of maize on one acre of land, which costs only Tk. 8,000. Now I am happy and expecting minimum Tk. 9,000 to 10,000 as average profit from the crop”.
Another farmer Abdul Malek, 47, son of late Abdul Gani of the village said, “This season I have cultivate of maize on 2 acres of sandy land, spends Tk. 16,500. Now I am expecting good production”.
While contacted, Obaydur Rahman Mondol, Deputy Director (DD) of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Nilphamari told the correspondent, “Farmers of Nilphamari district are increasing the maize cultivation every season. This year maize cultivation target was 23,000 hectors of land, but the achieved is 23,045 hectors, though this year a target was been set to produce 2,46,100 metric tonnes of maize”.
“Nilphamari DAE office was arranged huge training programme and carried out campaign for using organic fertiliser before cultivation. The farmers expressed their optimism about bumper production of maize cultivation”, he added.
“Cultivation of maize is low cost’s and high profitable, so the farmers of the district are increasing the maize cultivation every Rabi season. The BADC office supplying high yielding variety seeds among the farmers at a fair price under six upazila of the district”, said Rejaul Karim, Senior Assistant Director of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), Nilphamari.In the other hand maize cultivation is providing a profitable alternative to traditional crops such as wheat and paddy especially in the district, creating high hopes for women’s employment. A substantial number of underprivileged women in the district are earning around Tk 150 a day through maize cultivation, when previously they had been jobless.
Due to high price and low production cost of maize compared to those of other crops like wheat and paddy, framers in Nilphamari have been opting for maize cultivation for the last few years.