PANCHAGARH, – Farmers of the district are happy over bumper groundnut yield and fair price of their production this year.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources said about 11,795 hectares of land have been brought under groundnut cultivation in all five upazilas in the district with the production target of 24,000 tonnes of groundnut.
Deputy Director of DAE Md Mizanur Rahman said farmers of the district have cultivated groundnut on more land as they get a lucrative price of their harvested crop.
Farmers have started harvesting groundnuts from their respective land with much enthusiasm.
About 8 to 10 mounds groundnut can be produced from one bigha (33 decimal) of land and per mound of groundnut is being sold Taka 3000 to 3200 in the local markets.
Sunil Kumar of Sabuspara village in Debiganj upazila said that he had cultivated groundnut on four bighas of land and he got 30 mounds of groundnut. He got a profit of Taka 40,000 after meeting all expenditure.
DD Mizanur Rahman said DAE has given quality seeds and fertilizers among the farmers at free of cost. The farmers of the district are showing great interest in cultivating groundnut because the high land is good for groundnut cultivation and land of the district is comparatively higher than other districts.
The DAE has also provided training to the farmers for boosting the production. Besides, the commercial banks including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank have given short term easy loans among the farmers for cultivating groundnut on their land.