MANIKGANJ, Jan 25 (BSS): Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and farmers are expecting a bumper maize production as the harvesting continues with an excellent yield rate in the district this season.
Cultivators are expecting a bumper production of maize in the district as favourable weather was prevailing during the current season.
They also got seeds, fertilisers and other inputs timely for cultivation of maize.
DAE sources said the maize cultivators have been achieving bumper production for several years in the district.
The DAE sources said maize cultivation is gaining popularity day by day in all seven upazilas of the district.
The target of cultivation has been exceeding every year in the area. Especially, maize is being cultivated in the char land in a large scale, which had remained uncultivated previously.
Maize is now one of the highest cultivated cash crops in the district and it is being cultivated in all seven upazilas of the district.
Easy cultivation, less irrigation and much demand in the markets are the main causes of why maize cultivation is popular, the sources added.
The multipurpose use of maize is also one of the reasons behind cultivation of the cereal.
The maize is sold in the market round the year. The green leaves of maize are used as cattle fodder. The sticks of maize are also used as fire wood in the rural areas. The immature maize plants are used as cattle fodder.
Ahmad Ali, one of the maize cultivators of Char Bailjuri village under Ghior upazila, said he has cultivated maize on five bighas of land this year. After harvesting first time, he will cultivate maize in the same land for the second time.
Most of the maize cultivators like Ahmad Ali cultivate maize twice in the same land.
The farmers are getting maximum production and reasonable market prices of their products.
Now per mound of maize is being sold at Taka 1,500 to Tk1,600 in the market.
Cultivation of maize exceeded the target this year also.
The target to cultivate maize was fixed on 16,000 hectares of land in all seven upazilas of the district with a production target of 1,47,200 tonnes, the DAE sources said.
Farmers cultivated maize on 17,020 hectares of land exceeding the target.
Deputy Director of DAE Abu Mohammad Enayet Ullah said, "Cultivation of maize is gaining popularity in the district for its multipurpose uses and the demand of the crop round the year; reasonable price is also the main cause".
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