RANGPUR: An all-time record of 21,382 tonnes of groundnut have been produced during the last Rabi and just-ended Kharif-1 seasons this year in this agriculture region.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) officials said this year, the groundnut has been produced higher by 364 tonnes than that of last year which saw production of 21,018 tonnes, reports BSS.
“However, braving the corona pandemic, farmers cultivated groundnut on 6,027 hectares of land and produced 13,191 tonnes of the crop exceeding the fixed production target during the last Rabi season,” he said.
Similarly, the DAE had fixed a target of producing 8,359 tonnes of groundnut from 4,880 hectares of land for the region during the just-ended Kharif-1 season.
Farmers, however, cultivated the crop on 4,400 hectares of land and completed harvest last week producing 8,191 tonnes of the cash crop during the Kharif-1 season in the region.
Meanwhile, farmers are getting superb groundnut output by cultivating its high yielding varieties evolved by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute in all five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Nilphamari of the region.
Farmers mostly cultivated ‘Maizchar’, ‘Tridana’, ‘Basonti’, BARI-8, BARI-6, BINA-4, BINA-8 and other high yielding varieties of groundnut on their lands after getting repeated bumper output and lucrative price in the last 12 years.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said farmers can earn Taka 40,000 by producing 26 to 30 mounds of groundnut per acre of land, spending around Taka 20,000 as farming costs per acre.
“Cultivation of groundnut is increasing every year as profitable following the boosting of the confectionary and Bakery industries,” Rashid added.
He said more than 6,000 farmers, mostly living in char areas or riverside villages, have achieved self-reliance by cultivating groundnut twice annually on sandy char lands with assistance of the DAE and different NGOs improving their living standard.
Groundnut trader Mokhlesur Rahman at Rangpur City Bazar said farmers are getting a lucrative price of their newly harvested groundnut between Taka 2,800 and 3,300 per mound (every 40 kilogram) in local markets depending on varieties and qualities.
“We are selling groundnut to the retailers at rates between Taka 3,200 and Taka 3,500 per mound after purchasing those from farmers at rural areas and local markets of all five districts in Rangpur agriculture region,” he added.
Farmers Nur Mohammad, Dudu Mian, Abul Hashem, Saiduzzaman and Selim Hossain of different char villages in Kawnia upazila of Rangpur said they achieved bumper groundnut output during the last Rabi and just-ended Kharif-1 season.