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Maize cultivation falls in Satkhira


Dhaka – Maize cultivation has marked a sharp decline in the district in last two years due to various reasons including increasing salinity in the soil induced by climate change and lack of marketing facilities.M Atiqur Rahman, scientific officer of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), said the main reasons behind fall in maize cultivation are impacts of climate change and increased soil salinity.Besides, farmers are losing interest in maize cultivation for lack of marketing facilities and proper seeds preservation system, Atiqur told agency.Most of the lands remain waterlogged during the time of sowing seeds, forcing farmers to switch to Boro cultivation,However, BARI has recently invented salinity-tolerant maize varieties Bari-9 and Hybrid-12, But farmers of the area are not showing interest in maize cultivation due to the unavailability of smooth marketing system, Atiqur said.According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) of the district, 115 hectares of land were brought under maize cultivation in 2016-17 season in seven upazilas of the district, 165 hectares in 2015-16 and 220 hectares in 2014-15.Abdullah Al Sardar, a farmer of Miah Saheber Dangi village in the sadar upazila, said he didn’t cultivate maize in the current season as he had to count loss in the last two years due to salinity in the soil and unavailability of marketing facilities.Abdur Rashid, a resident of Panchnal village in Kolaroa upazila, said he got 5.5 metric tones of maize last year cultivating five bighas of land but had to face trouble to sell those in the local market of the district.Later, he sold those maize in Jessore counting huge loss due to additional transportation cost.Deputy director Quazi Abdul Mannan of DAE, Satkhira, said the farmers of the district have been losing interest in farming maize.  However, some farmers are still cultivating hybrid maize — Pacific, Don, Kohinur and Bari-9 — in the current season defying all obstacles, Mannan added.UNB agency


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