Maize cultivation gains popularity among Gaibandha char dwellers

Maize cultivation gains popularity among Gaibandha char dwellers

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Maize cultivation has gained much popularity among char dwellers of the district in recent years as it has played significant role in eradicating their poverty and changing their life.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said maize cultivation among the char dwellers of the district was not popular even seven years ago as the growers then incurred huge losses due to lack of its demand and fair prices.With the flourishing of the poultry sector in recent years, the demand
of maize and its commodity increased to a great extent in poultry farms and industries of the country. Therefore, the char dwellers had been showing keen interest in maize farming for the last few years.Cultivation of maize on vast tracts of abandoned and sandy char lands of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Saghata upazilas of the district brought about a revolutionary change in the life of the poor farmers and unemployed youths during the past few years.Favourable soil, climatic and topographic conditions have also encouraged the farmers to go for large scale maize cultivation on the
char land, said crop production specialist of DAE M. Golam Mostafa.Cultivation of maize has been contributing significantly to the poverty reduction and also for achieving self reliance for the last few years as they are getting fair prices against their yield, he added.M. Aslam Ali, a successful farmer of Goghat char area under Kamarjani union of Sadar upazila said like the previous years, he had farmed maize on 20 bighas of land this year with the production target of 700 maunds of maize.He also expected that he would earn at least Taka 4, 55,000 through selling the crop in local markets this year while its production cost on char land is very thin.Mollarchar UP chairman and also a successful maize cultivator M.Saiduzzaman said the maize cultivation on char land was fully unbelievable for the char dwellers earlier.If the thousands hectares of char land were brought under maize cultivation systematically, overall socio-economic condition of the char people would be changed, there is no doubt, he added.Talking to the BSS, DAE deputy director Mir Abdur Razzak said a total of 9,005 hectares of land of the district were brought under the maize cultivation with the production target of 63,035 tonnes of maize this year. -BSS, Gaibandha

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