TANGAIL: Tangail farmers are happy with banana production and price this year. Farmers are sending banana to the capital after fulfilling the district demand.
Banana farming has been playing a vital role in improving the socio-economic conditions of people in many areas of the district, bringing smiles on farmers’ faces as it makes their fortune.
Due to the suitability of the red soil of the hilly areas of Madhupar, Ghatail and Sakhipur upazilas of the district the farmers’ interest in banana cultivation is increasing and many farmers have got stability in banana cultivation.
Banana farming had been affected by the attack of the panama beetle for quite some time, but now the attack of the insect has reduced to a large extent. The labor cost in banana cultivation is very low compared to other conventional crops and banana is cultivated throughout the year.
About 70-80 percent of the banana is going to different districts, including the districts of Chattogram Division, after meeting the local demand. Banana is going to Dhaka, Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Fulbaria, Sylhet, Bhairav and different other districts of the country.
Most of the banana is sold in local wholesale markets of Jalchatra in Madhupur, Garo market and Kutubpur market in Sakhipur upazila. About 20-30 trucks full of banana come out of these markets every day.
According to the sources of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), different varieties of banana have been cultivated in the district in the current season on 4,667 hectares of land in the district.
This year, 950 hectares of land has been brought under banana cultivation in Ghatail upazila. Thandapur, Sangrampur, Rasulpur, Laxinder, Dhalapara and Sagardighi are the most banana growing unions.
The demand for banana is increasing day by day. Farmers are able to sell banana at higher prices than before.
Shanowar Hossain, a farmer of Mahishmara in Madhupur said, “I am planting 1700 banana seedlings on five bighas of land this year. If the weather is favourable, both yield and profit will be good.”
Another young banana farmer, Abdus Sattar, said that the hilly area is very suitable for banana cultivation, so banana cultivation can be very profitable there. He asked the unemployed youths to grow interest in banana cultivation instead of chasing jobs to become self-reliant and eliminate unemployment.
Local farmer Sirajul Islam said, this is the first time he has cultivated Sabri banana. So far the banana plants are healthy and he hopes for a good yield.
Masud Rana, a banana farmer of Kakrait village in Madhupur said, “I grow banana and papaya along with pineapples. This year there will be a bumper production of banana. I hope to profit this year.”
This year 2,355 hectares of land are being cultivated in Madhupur upazila. Good yield is expected this year as per the target.
Deputy director of Department Agricultural Extension (DAE) of Tangail Ahsanul Basar said that different varieties of banana have been planted on 4,667 hectares of land in Tangail district this season.
Banana, pineapple, papaya, malta farmers are being advised and supported in various ways from Tangail Department of Agricultural Extension and Upazila Agriculture Office, he added.