Chinese date farming on the rise at Bagha
RAJSHAHI, Feb 11: The farming of Chinese date is on the rise in the Padma River char areas of Bagha Upazila.
Due to sunshine and sand, about 5,866 hectares of land in the char area were uncultivable. But now different crops including Chinese date are being cultivated there.
It is learnt that educated unemployed youths of this area have devoted themselves to the cultivation of Chinese date. On one side, farmers are being financially benefitted, and, on the other side, they are contributing to the national economy.
Farmer Shafiqul Islam said, "I have cultivated Chinese date on 104 bighas of land in the Padma char. For the cultivation, it needs Taka 35,000 to 40,000. I'm expecting an average yield of 130 maunds per bigha. I hope to sell the date worth about Taka 1 crore this season."
Bagha Municipality Mayor Abdur Razzak said in the beginning of the season, Chinese date was sold at Taka 1,500 per kg. This time, he leased 30 bighas of land and planted Chinese date trees.
Farmer Sona Mia said he succeed by cultivating Chinese date with the collaboration of the Department of Agricultural Extension. If they get government help, then it is possible to export the produce to abroad.
Acting Upazila Agriculture Officer Shamimul Islam said Chinese date has been cultivated on more than 200 hectares of land in the upazila. Farmers of this area are interested in cultivating Chinese date alongside various crops. Farmers will be self-sufficient economically by exporting this to abroad.