Farmers of Sadullapur upazila in the district are expecting desired production against Malta, a golden juicy fruit, during the current season.
The trees had already worn eye catching looks with huge fruits and the growers would go to harvest within very short time. The farmers are nurturing the trees as per suggestions of the agri-experts to get desired output.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) adopted Second Crop Diversification Project, a gigantic one, in all the 52 upazilas including Sadullapur upazila across the country in 2010.
Under this project, a pragmatic plan was also taken to introduce the cultivation of Malta, one of the high value crops, in farmers’ level of the upazila in 2013 for the first time to meet the growing demand of nutrition and help the growers earn economical profit.
Accordingly, the sub assistant agriculture officers and the officials of upazila agriculture office motivated the farmers to farm the variety on their land to attain the cherished goal.
In response, a total of 32 farmers of different villages including Baradaudpur, Tarafbazit, Edilpur, Chhaigari, Dhaperhat and Ghegarbazar of the upazila planted the saplings of Malta in June, last year.
Earlier, the upazila agriculture office provided the saplings of the variety (BARI Malta-1) and need base training to the farmers to inspire the growers and to make the cultivation a grand success as well.
Naresh Chandra, a farmer of Tarafbazit village, said he had planted 50 saplings of Malta on his land last year being motivated by the officials of the upazila agriculture office.
All the trees grew well on his orchard and each of the trees was bearing a huge quantity of Malta, he said adding that after few days they would start harvesting the fruit.
Upazila agriculture officer M. Obaidur Rahman Mondal said he was supervising the Malta cultivation in all time and also giving inspiration to the growers so that they could make the farming a total success.
Mir Abdur Razzak, deputy director of DAE, told the BSS that after getting good return from the farming, its cultivation would be expanded in larger scale in other parts of the upazila and its neighboring areas in next seasons. -BSS