Bombay chilli farming receives a boost in Jhalakati

Bombay chilli farming receives a boost in Jhalakati

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Growers opt for Ghritakumari variety for high profit Farmers in the northern part of sadar upazila of the district are cultivating Bombay chilli in extended areas of land finding it to be a profitable venture.
Cultivation of the Ghritakumari variety of Bombay chilli is creating interests among the growers for its increasing demand across the country.Farmers cultivate it during the Rabi crop season as an additional item and make extra income.Small in size like small fruit, the chilli variety is cream colour. It
has no scientific name with the agriculture department. It is pungent, hot and spicy. It has sweet taste and attracts consumers.It is used in vegetable curry, pulses and smashed potato. The chilli is popular among women in urban and rural areas.Farmers in this region sow the seeds of Ghritakumari chilli in Bangla months of Kartik and Agrhayan along with sugarcane, banana and plantation of Mehogani and other trees.The chilli is harvested in the months of Chaitra and Baishakh. One plant produces 300 to 500 chillies.Farmers sell 1,000 chillies at Tk 800 to Tk1,000 to the wholesalers. In the local markets, one piece of chilli is sold at Tk 4 to Tk5.According to farmers, they earn at least Tk4000 by cultivating Ghirtakumari chilli on one decimal land.
Along side Ghritakumari chilli, farmers are earning lakhs of taka by cultivating ordinary chilli. Farmers in some 50 to 60 villages of Jhalkathi sadar upazila including Jagadishpur, Dumuria, Shatadaskathi, Vimruli, Khajura, Adakathi, Kaparkathi, Himanandakathi, Nabagram and Baukathi cultivate
Ghirtakumari chilli.Haralal Haldar of Jagadishpur village said he earned Tk 2 lakh by selling saplings of Ghritakumari chilli along side saplings of
Mehogani trees.Manmath Samaddar of the same village said cultivation of Ghritakumari chilli is profitable as a mixed crop.Deputy director Abdul Aziz Farazi of the Department of Agricultural Extension, Jhalkathi, said the agriculture department has taken initiative to expand cultivation of the Ghirtakumari chilli variety since it has been proved to be a profitable crop. -UNB, Jhalakati

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