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Garlic cultivation gets popular in Jashore

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  • 20 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Garlic cultivation gets popular in Jashore

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JASHORE: Garlic is a spice crop that is used in food as well as in removing many types of problems. In our country, garlic is cultivated in most of the districts.

Garlic is being cultivated commercially in Manirampur upazila of Jashore district, which is a potential agricultural hub of the district.

Farmers in different villages of Manirampur upazila of the district are benefiting by producing Garlic in the mud without any cultivation. Garlic cultivation without preparing the fields is now becoming popular among the farmers. Now farmers are showing more interest in garlic production. The agriculture office is also giving them various advices on garlic production without cultivation.

The garlic cultivation has seen a bumper production over the last few years, which encouraged farmers to continue its cultivation, as a result this year the farmers are cultivating garlic in about 50 hectares of land.

During a visit to Khalia Helanchi, Hanua and Chandipur villages, it was found that farmers were busy taking care of their garlic fields where the green leaves of the plant are strewn all over.

According to the cultivators, garlic plants have already been around two months old and will be ready for harvesting within two months.

Akidul Islam, a local farmer said, they have been gaining profit through garlic production from the last few years.

Seeing their success, many other farmers of the area became enthusiastic about garlic cultivation, he added.

It costs about Tk 20,000 to Tk 22,000 for cultivation of per bigha land, while the produced garlic in favourable weather can be sold at Tk 35,000 to Tk 37,000.

Kamal Pasha, a farmer from Hanua village, said that the wages of agricultural workers increased after harvesting Aman paddy. Garlic cultivation is now profitable so the farmers of the area could not give up garlic cultivation.

He further said that this time the total cost including seeds, labour, fertilisers, pesticides, irrigation would be around 20 to 22 thousand Tk per bigha. Farmers are benefiting from the combination of garlic and mustard.

If garlic is cultivated in this way, it is not necessary to cultivate the land. It takes less fertiliser and medicine. The planted garlic is much larger than the field and the garlic is bigger. Seeing his method, when other farmers asked for his help, he gave them various suggestions including providing them with garlic.

Farmers Kamrul Hasan, Raihan, Kabir Hossain and Kamal are cultivating garlic in Chandipur village of the Manirampur upazila. They said that it takes 3 to 3 and a half mounds of garlic to cultivate in one bigha of land. The cost is 20-22 thousand Taka. Garlic production in one bigha of land is approximately 70-80 mounds. All in all, they said, there is good money to be made.

Badol Chandra Biswas, Deputy Director of the district Agricultural Extension Department (DAE), said that the target has been set for uncultivated garlic cultivation in 50 hectares of land in the upazila this year. After harvesting the paddy in advance, the farmers of the area are cultivating varieties of garlic and barley garlic-1, garlic without cultivation.

Saomitra Sarkar, additional deputy director of the district Agricultural Extension Department (DAE), said because of the utmost sincerity of farmers and favourable weather, 50 hectares of land of garlic are being cultivated this year.

In the next season, the cultivation might double, he added.

Garlic, which is one of the most spices used in dishes, has a huge demand both at home and abroad, especially in the Asian region.