Bumper groundnut output likely in Rangpur

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PNS: An all-time record groundnut production is likely in Rangpur agriculture region as the farmers have exceeded the fixed farming target of the cash crop by 15.40 per cent during the current Rabi season.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, a target of producing 4,883 tonnes of groundnut from 3,078 hectares of land has been fixed for all five districts under the agriculture region this season.

"The enthusiastic farmers, however, have cultivated groundnut on 3,552 hectares of land exceeding the fixed farming target by 474 hectares of land or 15.40 per cent," said horticulture specialist of the DAE Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam
"Groundnut cultivation has been increasing faster in recent years following its expanded cultivation with bumper production everywhere, including the vast sandy-barren char areas on the river basins, in the region," Islam added.

Farmer Saiduzzaman of Char Biswa Nath village under Kawnia upazila said he had already changed fortune through farming groundnut during the past couple of decades.

Similarly, farmers Rezaul Islam, Abdus Sobhan and Moshiar Rahman of the same village said that they had achieved self-reliance through groundnut cultivation in the sandy-barren char lands during the past 10 to 15 years.

Agriculture and environment coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid said a farmer could earn a net profit of Taka 35,000 by producing 22 maunds of groundnut per acre of land after spending Taka 11,000- 13,000 as farming costs in the char lands.

Deputy director of the DAE for Rangpur SM Asharf Ali said the government had been providing necessary assistance and inputs to the farmers for expanding groundnut cultivation both in the char and main land areas in the region.

DAE regional additional irector Shah Alam said that hundreds of farmers already achieved self-reliance by cultivating groundnut twice annually during the Rabi and Kharif seasons to get excellent production with lucrative price.

PNS/ Baki Billah



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