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Onion harvesting goes on in full swing in Manikganj

Onion harvesting goes on in full swing in Manikganj

MANIKGANJ: The harvesting of onion, the main cash crop of the farmers of three upazilas of the district, is going on in full swing with excellent production during the current season, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said.

The cultivation of onion exceeded its target in the district as the cultivators are getting fair prices and bumper production of their products, the sources added.

DAE office has set a target for cultivating onion on 6,500 hectares of land during the current season in all seven upazilas of the district with a production target of 96,395 metric tons of onion. But onion was cultivated on 6,782 hectares of land exceeding its fixed target by 282 hectares, reports BSS.

The DAE office had set a target for cultivating onion on 5,954 hectares of land last year with a production target of 63,113 metric tons of onion. But, the farmers had cultivated onion on 6,449 hectares of land exceeding the fixed target. Most of the onion is cultivated in three upazilas of the district Harirampur, Ghior and Shibalaya. More than 80 percent of onion is cultivated only in those upazilas.

Ahmed Ali, 50, one of the onion cultivators of village Maluchi under Shibalaya upazila said “We have achieved a bumper production during the current season as we got quality seeds, fertilizers and other agri inputs at right time, adding that the prices of onion is declining with the appearance of newly harvested onion in the markets.”

Abu Mohammad Enayet Ullah, Deputy Director (DD) of DAE, said the land of three upazilas of the district is suitable for onion cultivation and the farmers of the areas cultivate this spicy product as one of the best cash crops.

Most of the onions of these areas are supplied to the various markets in the country including capital city Dhaka round the year, he said.