Manikganj char farmers eye bumper groundnut yield


MANIKGANJ, July 7, 2018 (BSS) – The char farmers of Daulatpur, Shibalaya
and Harirampur upazilas of the district are happy getting bumper output of
groundnut as harvesting of the crop continues on the char lands during the
current Kharip-1 season.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials here said a total of
2,494 hectares of land was cultivated groundnut during this season in the
district, up from its fixed target 2007 hectares of land.

The char farmers are getting price of the crop between Tk. 2000 and 2400
per mound on its quality, they said.

Farmers Rifazuddin of char kalikapur of Baghutia union said he had
cultivated groundnut on two bighas of land and now was getting expected
production as there was adequate rainfall during the summer season.

Shamsher Ali, another farmer of Bachamara said he had already completed
harvesting of groundnut on forty decimal of land, adding that groundnut is
being sold Tk.2300 per mound in the market.

Baghutia Union Parishad member Mizanur Rahman Tota said groundnut
cultivation is gaining popularity in the char areas as it grows in the sandy
barren land and it needs no irrigation. Now groundnut became one of the cash
crops for char people and it is cultivated twice around the year, he added.

Md. Habibur Rahman Chowdhury, Deputy Director at Department of Agriculture
Extension (DAE) said, the sandy land of char area is suitable for groundnut
cultivation and its cultivation is gaining popularity in three upazilas of
the district.