Arum farming brings fortune for Jhenidah farmers

Arum farming brings fortune for Jhenidah farmers

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Jhenidah: Arum, locally known as ‘Latiraj’.The arum cultivation, a summer vegetable, has gained much popularity among the farmers of Ragunathpur Village in Kaligong upazila in Jhenidah district. Arum cultivation brings fortune for many farmers in the village.The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) source here said the good arum harvest is attributed to suitable soil, favourable weather. Almost all the varieties are grown in the water-logged areas. Farmers face no problems in growing this vegetable. Labour is not required to look after it. As it requires little nursing.Even fertilisers are not necessary for its growth. Cattle do not eat arum plants. Farmers use only some organic fertiliser during arum cultivation and they do not need to use insecticides. This vegetable is in high demand as it is tastier and more nourishing than all other vegetables. The farmers are now cultivating arum on commercial basis. This vegetable is in high demand as it is tastier and more nourishing than all other vegetables.
Thandu Mondol, an arum cultivator of Ragunathpur Village said, “I have cultivated the vegetable on one bigha of land spending Tk32,000 this year. I have already earned Tk25,000in the last month and I hope I will earn profit at least Tk1,00,000.” At present 1Kg of Latiraj variety arum sells for Tk25 at the local market and the price is expected much after two to three months. A farmer can earn at least Tk1,00,000by cultivating the vegetable on one bigha of land.
Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officers of Kaligong Nazrul Islam said to The Daily Industry that the farmers of the Village are showing more interest in cultivating arum in recent years. Directed to motivate the farmers for extensive arum cultivation, he claimed. – Mizanur Rahman

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