NATORE: Farmers in Lalpur upazila of Natore district are happy over bumper groundnut yield and fair price of their production this year.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) office sources said about 490 hectares of land have been brought under groundnut cultivation in the upazila with the production target of 980 tonnes of groundnut.
“Farmers are expanding cultivation of groundnut both in the riverine char areas and mainland every year following growing demand of the crop in the country’s boosting foods industries sector,” Md Rafiqul Islam mentioned.
Farmers got bumper groundnut production following expanded cultivation of its high yielding varieties evolved by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) on more land.
Because of lower farming costs and excellent market price with huge demand, char people and farmers are reaping huge profits from groundnut cultivation in the upazila. Cultivation of groundnut is expanding during the last four years following a huge boost of the food industries increasing demand for agro-commodity,” Md Rafiqul Islam added.
Farmer Jamal Hossain in Lalpur upazila said he cultivated groundnut on 60 decimals of sandy char land this season.
“After completing harvest, I got 15 mounds of groundnut and sold the crop at Taka 3,500 per mound to reap a net profit of Taka 20,000 excluding farming costs,” he said. Farmer Jahidul Islam in the upazila said he cultivated groundnut on 2 acres of char land.
About 8 to 10 mounds of groundnut can be produced from one bigha of land and per mound of groundnut is being sold Tk 3500 to Tk 4000 in the local markets.
Sanaullah and Siddique Ali of Char area in Lalpur upazila said that they had cultivated groundnut on six bighas of land and got 45 mounds of groundnut. They got a profit of Tk 60,000 after meeting all expenditures.
Agriculture Officer Md Rafiqul Islam said DAE has given quality seeds and fertilisers to the farmers free of cost. The farmers of the upazila are showing great interest in cultivating groundnut because the sandy char land is good for groundnut cultivation.
The upazila agriculture office has also provided training to the farmers for boosting production.