BOGURA: Getting repeated abundant production and market price, off-seasonal chilli growers are happy this season growing the item.
The farmers of the district generally grow chilli in the winter season on a commercial basis but some farmers had taken some 500 hectares of land under off-seasonal chili cultivation this year and got a lucrative profit.
The farmers have sown the seed in the high cropland last February and have already started harvesting the crops from last week. They are selling each maund of raw chilli at Tk 3500 to 4000 in the wholesale market.
To grow a maund of row chilli the farmers are to pay only Tk 800 to 1000 but getting over Tk 2500 as profit paying production cost, said Md Enamul Haque, Additional Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) of Bogura. He said, its cultivation is gaining momentum as its cultivation more easier compared to other summer crops.
Md Dulal Hossain, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) of Bogura, said the chilli yield would be bumper this off-season, and the farmers were happy as they started getting good price from their produce.
Source of the DAE told the Daily Sun that chilli had been cultivated on around 5,000 hectres of land in 12 upazilas.
The wholesalers from different district visit at Adamdighi, Fateh Ali, Mohasthan, Taluch, Chaumohony, Omarpur, Gabtoly, Dakumara, Shariakandi, Sonatola and Dupchanchia kitchen markets.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) official said we are monitoring round the clock to make the farming a grand success.
Farmers of Sariakandi, Sonatala, Gabtoli and Dhunat upazilas of the district see a good yield of chilli on high land, according to the DAE.
Maruf Mian, a farmer of Chaluabari Char of Sariakandi upazila, hoped that they would make a profit by selling their produce at a high price.
Marium Begum, a farmer of Bohail Char of the upazila, said her husband cultivated chilli on six bighas of high land and he started earning much from the sale of chilli.
Md Dulal Hossain, deputy director of DAE in Bogura, said farmers were happy as they started getting good price from their produce.