NILPHAMARI: Peanut cultivation is getting popular among the farmers of the district gradually like other districts of the Rangpur agricultural region.
Farmers have widely cultivated peanut on the sandy lands along the Teesta River under Jaldhaka and Dimla upazila in Nilphamari district this season. They are also expecting bumper production of the crop as the soil is suitable for peanut cultivation, weather conditions remain favourable and they had supplies of necessary agricultural inputs timely.Farmer Abdul Latif, 42, son of late Abdul Gafur Miah of Purba Chatnai village in Nilphamari district said, “This season I have cultivated the crop on one acre of sandy land, spending Tk 7,500 only. Now I am happy and expecting minimum Taka 15,000 as profit from the land.”
“Sandy land is not suitable for cultivating jute, paddy, wheat and others seasonal crops. On the other hand, sandy soil is mainly suitable for cultivating crop like maize, onion, and peanut. But I have cultivating only peanut in this season. The cultivation of peanut is easier, low costing and high profitable crop,” he added.
Another farmer Abul Hossen of Pagalpara village under Dimla upazila of the district said, “Peanut cultivation is very easy and also high profitable. This year I have cultivated the crop two acres of sandy land”.
Deputy Director (DD), Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Nilphamari Obaydur Rahman Mandol said, “A total 1024 hectors of land were brought under peanut cultivation last year. This year, 1050 hectors of land were targeted for peanut cultivation in six upazilas of the district. But, farmers of Domar, Jaldhaka, Dimla, Kishoreganj, Syedpur and Sadar upazila have already cultivated peanut in 1081 hectors of lands so far.”