Maize cultivation gains popularity to char dwellers in Gaibandha

Maize cultivation has gained popularity

among the char dwellers of the district as it has been playing a significant

role in earning and changing the lots of the farmers for last few years.

Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources said maize cultivation

to the char people was not popular even a few years back as the growers then

incurred huge losses due to lack of its demand and fair prices.

With the flourishing of the poultry sector in recent years, the demand of

maize increased to a great extent unleashing the char dwellers to cultivate

the food grain for five years with much enthusiasm.

Cultivation of maize on vast tracts of abandoned and sandy char lands of

Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Saghata upazilas brought a revolutionary

change in people's fate.

Favorable soil, climate and topographic conditions have also encouraged

the farmers to grow maize cultivation on the char lands at large scale, said

Al- Imran, Sadar upazila agriculture officer of the the DAE.

Cultivation of maize has been contributing significantly to the poverty

reduction and achievement of self reliance for last few years as farmers are

getting fair prices, he also said.

Abdul Gani, a successful farmer of Karaibari char under Kamarjani Union of

Sadar Upazila, said he got 280 maunds of maize through cultivating on 10

bighas of char land last year.

He earned TK 2, 46,400 through selling the crop in local markets while he

spent only TK 80, 000, for cultivation, he also said.

Kamarjani UP chairman, also a successful maize cultivator, M. Matiar

Rahman said the maize cultivation on vast tracts of char land was fully

unbelievable to the char dwellers earlier.

If the thousands hectares of char land are brought under maize cultivation

systematically, the overall socio-economic condition of the char people will

be changed, no doubt, he also said.

Talking to the BSS, deputy director of the DAE Md. Belal Uddin said a

total of 15,250 hectares of land of the district were brought under the maize

cultivation this year.

The farming might increase during the current season, he said, adding that

necessary measures had been taken to ensure the supply of fertilizers,

pesticides and other agri inputs to the growers to make the maize farming a

grand success here.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)