FENI: Cultivation of maize have become boon for many grassroots farmers as they are getting more income from the crop in six upazilas of the district.
On the advice of the Department of Agriculture, farmers have become more interested in cultivating maize at a lower cost. In order to make the farmers interested in this lucrative maize cultivation, the district agriculture department is encouraging the farmers with the help of fertiliser seeds and agricultural rehabilitation. As a result, the interest of farmers is increasing day by day. It has been seen on the ground that small and marginal farmers in different areas of the district. Hybrid varieties of maize including fruitful NK (40), Palwan, Titan, 961 have been cultivated in a modern way. In addition to human food, the use of maize as fish, poultry and cattle feed has increased and its demand has also increased a lot. The leaves of the maize plant are used as cattle feed and stem fuel, so that on the one hand the farmer can meet his cattle rearing and fuel needs and on the other hand the farmers are becoming interested in this crop as there is a huge demand for maize in the market. And so in the relatively high lands of the district now there is a lot of maize has been cultivated.According to the Department of Agricultural Extension, this time government incentives have been distributed among 1,220 small and marginal farmers in six upazilas of the district. Of this, Taka 1,500 is provided to the farmers through the bank for the care of improved varieties of seeds, delivery of necessary chemical fertilisers. Concerned people said that the farmers of the district are benefiting by cultivating maize on fallow and uncultivated land at low cost.
In Sonagazi upazila, the char area of the district, maize has been cultivated in 61 hectares of land more than other districts.
Meanwhile, Farmers Field Day was held on June 3 at Fazilpur in Feni Sadar Upazila to motivate farmers to cultivate maize. Fazilpur UP Chairman Mojibul Haque Ripon presided over the function and Mohammad Shahidul Islam, Deputy Director, Department of Agricultural Extension, Feni was the chief guest. The programme was conducted by local Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer Mohammad Abu Tayab.
Sadar Upazila Agriculture Extension Officer said in a consultative speech. Journalists and hundreds of farmers were present.
Alamgir Hossain a farmers of Fazilpur union said that maize cultivation requires less water irrigation and higher yield than other crops, so he is more interested in maize cultivation than paddy cultivation. He said that maize is being widely used as food for fish and poultry.
Moreover, even after maize is sold in the market, its dried plants and mocha are used as fuel in the households. This time he earned Taka 25,000 per bigha by covering the cost of maize cultivation. The yield of maize per acre is 125 maunds.Deputy Director Mohammad Shahidul Islam said he has planted maize in 218 hectares of land this year. The crop has already been harvested from the field. Local farmers will get a profit of one crore 30 lakh 20 thousand taka by meeting the expenses.