Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

Bumper groundnut production likely in Kushtia

Bumper groundnut production likely in Kushtia

KUSHTIA: Farmers of Kushtia district are expecting a bumper production of groundnuts this year. Favourable weather condition, sowing of good varieties and use of balanced fertilisers are behind that production, agriculture experts said.

Groundnut trader Modhu Miah at Boro Bazar on Wednesday said that farmers are getting a lucrative price of their newly harvested groundnut between Tk 3,000 and 3,200 per mound in local markets

Ohidul Islam, a farmer from Daulatpur upazila, said he is cultivating groundnuts on one bigha of land this year expecting a bumper production.

Rouf Molla, another farmer from Kumarkhali upazila, said he has used balanced fertilisers on his two bighas of land. Now he is expecting a bumper production of the crops.

However, some farmers alleged that the middlemen or wholesalers are making extra profits depriving them of the fair price due to lack of proper marketing policy. They urged the government to take proper steps for marketing groundnuts for the sake of the farmers.

Talking to the correspondent, farmers of different villages, including char and riverside areas, of the district expressed happiness over yield rate amid favourable climatic conditions this season.

Farmer Kamaluddin of Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia said groundnut cultivation on sandy barren char lands has changed his fortune though he had no land of his own two decades ago.

Farmer Aslam Sharif of Khoksa upazila in Kushtia has also changed his fortune through groundnut cultivation on sandy char lands and already purchased 5 acres land along with bringing solvency to his family in last 15 years.

Farmer Shahidul Islam in the same upazila said he has cultivated groundnut on one acre of land during this Kharip-1 season spending Tk 16,000 including all costs.

"I have started harvesting groundnuts now. I expect to get a production of 26 mounds of the cash crop," he said, hoping that he would earn a net profit of Taka 35,000 this time.

With the increasing demand of groundnut in the country’s food industries, farmers are showing more interest in groundnut farming on the main land and char areas after getting repeated bumper production with lucrative prices in recent years.

Because of lower farming cost and excellent market price with huge demand in the local market, char people and common farmers are reaping huge profits from groundnut cultivation in the region in the last 12 consecutive years.

Hundreds of farmers, mainly of the char areas, have achieved self-reliance by cultivating groundnut twice annually during the Rabi and Kharif-1 seasons every year in the region.

“Cultivation of groundnut is increasing every year as a profitable venture following a huge boost of the confectionary and bakery industries increasing demand of the agro-commodity in the last twelve years,” DAE official said.