Groundnut cultivation gaining popularity in Panchagarh

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PANCHAGARH, June 9, 2021 (BSS)- Groundnut cultivation is gaining popularity among the farmers in all five upazilas of the district recently as soil and climatic conditions are very suitable here.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office said a total of 10,435 hectares of land have been brought under the groundnut cultivation with 20, 870 tonnes production target this year.

The DAE is expecting bumper production and fair prize of groundnut as the farmers have started harvesting it from their respective lands with much enthusiasm.

The farmers of the district are selling high yielding groundnut at Taka 2,000 to Taka 2,400 per mound in the local markets.

Sukumar Roy, a farmer of Sabouspara village under Debiganj upazila, said: ”I’ve cultivated groundnut on two bighas of land last year at a cost of Taka 7,000 and I’ve earned Taka 26,000 by selling those in the local market. But, this year I’m expecting to earn more than Taka 50,000 from the groundnut produce as I cultivated groundnut on four bighas of land.”

Another farmer Sunil Kumar of the village said, “I have been getting good profit through cultivating groundnuts on a commercial basis for three years.”

Deputy Director of the DAE Md, Mizanur Rahman told BSS that the farmers of the district are showing great interest to cultivate groundnut hoping for more profits.