Unimaginable Success in Maize Cultivation in Rangpur dist

Rangpur Correspondent

There has been unimaginable success in maize cultivation in Rangpur district this season. At the same time, the farmers are very happy to get good price for bumper maize crop this time.

Last year, farmers got 90 to 110 maunds of maize per acre. This year they are getting 140 to 160 maunds of maize per acre. Not only that, the farmers are very happy as the price has almost doubled this time as compared to last year.

According to the District Agriculture Extension Department, maize has been cultivated in 19,060 hectares of land in the district this Rabi season. The target for maize production is 2 lakh 46 thousand 438 metric tons. In the current kharif season, all varieties of maize have been cultivated in 10,025 hectares of land. The production target has been set at 1 lakh 3 thousand 206 metric tons. Jewel Islam, a maize farmer of Mirzapur Union No. 18 in Lar Mithapukur Upazila, said he got better yield this year than last year.

This year, he has cultivated maize in one acre of land and got 100 manas. Another sharecropper has got 20 manas by cultivating maize in 24 percent of the land. He said the cost of maize is low and the yield is high. So the price got higher. Chaola in Pirgachha upazila of the district and in the char area on the banks of river Teesta in Tambulpur union, the shelf is full of green and golden crops. Farmers are busy working in the fields. Some are harvesting paddy, some are busy picking corn.

There are also cultivation of various crops including nuts, pulses, chillies, eggplants, beans, coffee, onions and garlic. According to Pirgachha Upazila Agriculture Office, maize has been cultivated in about 4,000 hectares of land in 9 unions of the upazila this season. Of this, 1,950 hectares have been cultivated in Kharif-1 season and 2,120 hectares in Rabi season. About 40 percent of the maize has been cultivated in the Teesta chars. Talking to the farmers of Teesta Char in Pirgachha Upazila, it has been learned that although different varieties of maize were cultivated on the shelf last year, this year the new varieties of Dahlia-4455 and Basudha-1855 of Teesta Seeds Company Pvt. Officials of Teesta Seeds Company Pvt. Ltd. said that this variety of maize has been cultivated in about 400 acres of land in these two unions. Jamal Mandal, a corn farmer from Char village in Kandina, Pirgachha, Abdul Haque from Damuswar village, Moinul Islam and a few others said that they had cultivated several varieties of maize last year, according to local shopkeepers. But the yield was not good.

This year, he has got good yield by cultivating Dahlia-4455 and Basudha-1855 varieties of maize. This time they are happy to get a good price with the yield. Zillur Rahman, a farmer from the same area, said, “Last year, I got 90 manas of maize by cultivating one hundred and fifty acres (one and half acre) of land.” This time 140 maunds of maize has been harvested in that land. Maize farmers are hoping to get good price by threshing as the weather is favorable.

It is learned that last year, raw maize was sold at Rs 400 per ounce (40 kg) and dried maize at Rs 700 to 850 per ounce. That corn is being sold at double the price this year. Raw is being sold at Rs 600 per ounce (40 kg) and dry at Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,100. Tajul Islam, an official of the company, said, “This variety is new to us. We have urged the farmers to cultivate fearlessly. They are now making a profit by cultivating with the promise of compensation in case of any problem. In fact, it is our great achievement to create confidence in the minds of the farmers.

Shamimur Rahman, Deputy Director (Horticulture) of the District Agriculture Extension Department, said that maize cultivation is increasing every year in 6 upazilas of the district and in the Teesta chars. This year the yield has also been much better. Among them, maize has been cultivated in about 4,500 hectares of land in Pirgachha, Kaunia and Gangachara upazilas. Obaidur Rahman Mandal, Deputy Director, Rangpur District Agriculture Extension Department, said that bumper crop of maize has been harvested this year. In the current season, all varieties of maize have been cultivated in 10,025 hectares of land in the district.

প্রকাশ :  June 5, 2022 3:23 pm