Farmers expecting bumper ginger output in Rangpur region

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RANGPUR, Sept 11, 2019 (BSS) – The farmers are expecting a bumper output
of the spicy crop of ginger after exceeding its fixed farming target during
this Kharip-1 season in all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region.

Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said farmers
are expanding cultivation of ginger and other spicy crops every year after
getting trainings, inputs and easy-term agriculture loans from the government
in recent times.

“The DAE is conducting motivational activities to inspire farmers to
increase cultivation ginger and other spicy crops to enhance production
adopting latest technologies,” said Deputy Director of the DAE at its
regional office here Agriculturist Md. Moniruzzaman today.

Under the spicy crop farming programme, the DAE had fixed a target of
bringing 3,197 hectares of land under ginger cultivation to produce 41,625
tonnes of ginger this season for the agriculture region.

“The framers have finally cultivated the spicy crop on 3,254 hectares of
land, 1.78 percent higher than the fixed farming target in Rangpur,
Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts of the region,”
Moniruzzaman added.

The farmers have cultivated ginger on 1,195 hectares of land in Rangpur,
235 hectares in Gaibandha, 403 hectares in Kurigram, 365 hectares of land in
Lalmonirhat and 1,056 hectares of land in Nilphamari districts of the region.

Talking to BSS, farmers Mizanur Rahman, Abdul Malek and Shariful Islam
of different villages in Haridebpur union in Rangpur Sadar upazila said they
have already stared harvesting their cultivated ginger from last week.

Farmers Awal Hossain, Mostafizar Rahman and Dulal Hossain of Botlagari
union and Manik Sarker and Bipul Chandra of Ramnagar union of Nilphamari
districts said they are expecting bumper ginger output this season.

“We are selling newly harvested ginger during this Kharip-1 season at
better rates between Taka 150 and Taka 170 per kg to the local zinger traders
this season,” said farmer Echhahaq Ali of village Kathihara in Sadar upazila
of Rangpur.

Vegetable traders Hafizur Rahman at Rangpur City Bazar Market and Fazlur
Rahman at Keranipara Kitchen Market in Rangpur city said they are selling
ginger produced during the last Rabi season at rates between Taka 280 and
Taka 300 per kg now.

“The newly harvested ginger during this Kharip-1 season is being sold at
rates between Taka 180 and Taka 200 per kg in local markets,” said vegetable
trader Amenur Rahman at Syedpur Kitchen Market in Nilphamari district.

Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Muhammad
Ali said the DAE and other agriculture related departments and organisations
and commercial banks have been implementing special initiatives to increase
production of spicy crops.

Agriculturist Ali also predicted a bumper production of ginger
cultivated during this Kharip-1 season in the region.

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