Record 9.23lakh tonnes maize produced in Rangpur region

RANGPUR, The farmers have produced a record quantity of over 9.23lakh tonnes of maize exceeding the fixed production target by 21.76 percent during the justended Rabi season in Rangpur agriculture region.

Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) here said farmers already completed harvest of maize and produced over 9.23lakh tonnes of the crop against the fixed production target of producing over 7.58lakh tonnes.

The achieved maize output is higher by 1.65lakh tonnes than the fixed production target, Horticulture Specialist of the DAE at its regional office Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam told BSS today.

The DAE had fixed a target of producing 7.58lakh tonnes of maize from

83,192 hectares of land in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and

Lalmonirhat districts of Rangpur agriculture region during the Rabi season.

The farmers, however, cultivated maize on 92,445 hectares of land,

higher by 9,253 hectares or 11.12 percent higher than the fixed farming

target, Islam said.

Expressing satisfaction over super bumper production of maize during the

last Rabi season, Additional Director of DAE for Rangpur region Muhammad Ali

said maize farming is expanding in recent years bringing selfreliance to

many farmers.

Like farmers in the mainland, char people are increasing maize

cultivation on sandy char lands and driedup riverbeds after getting repeated

bumper production with lucrative price in recent years, he said.

The government is extending assistance, incentives and trainings to

farmers putting emphasis on expanding cultivation of lees irrigation water

consuming cereal crops like maize that helps farmers to improve their

livelihoods and cut poverty.

During the justended Rabi season, the government distributed seed and

fertilisers as costfree incentives to 1,650 small and marginal farmers of

Rangpur region to assist them in cultivating maize on two bigha of lands each

for boosting output, Ali said.

Getting various assistance and technical supports from the government

along with repeated bumper output and better profits, farmers are expanding

maize cultivation every year both on the mainland an char areas, he added.

Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS

Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid predicted enormous potentialities to

increase maize output by bringing huge abandoned char lands in riverine areas

of the region.

Maize farming has been proved to be more profitable than other crops

encouraging farmers to increase its cultivation using latest conservation

agriculture technologies like strip tillage to get better output at reduced

costs, Rashid said.

He appreciated various initiatives taken by the present government to

further boost production of the lowirrigation water consuming cereal crops

like maize having huge demand in local markets to ensure food security.

Marginal farmers Moksed Ali, Azgar Ali, Aminul Islam and Ameer Hamza of

char village Char Goytapara in Rajibpur upazila of Kurigram said they got

government incentives and cultivated maize on two bighas of land each.

They expressed satisfaction over bumper maize production and better

market price between Taka 600 and 650 per mound (every 40 kilogram) after

harvesting their crop during the justended Rabi season.

Similarly, farmers Nurul Haque, Aminul Islam, Tofazzal Hossain, Abdul

Karim and Mahfil Hossain of different villages under Sadar upazila in Rangpur

said they sold their harvested maize at rates between Taka 600 and 650 per

mound.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)