RAJSHAHI, Apr 4: Maize farming is becoming popular among the farmers in Rajshahi region as they are making much profit from its cultivation due to repeated bumper production for the last several years.
Besides, maize farming, the cultivation of lentil, mustard, and wheat has also been increasing gradually.
Nowadays farmers are cultivating maize in two seasons - Rabi and Kharip-1 of a year. The farmers got fair prices of maize during the last couple of years which inspired them to cultivate more maize. Besides, its cultivation has proved risk-free.
There are brighter prospects for the increasing maize production, and the government has put due emphasis on the issue.
This year the farmers of Durgapur upazila have produced more maize than the famers of other upazilas. It can play a vital role in transforming traditional agriculture into a commercial one because of its multiple use and economic benefit.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) office in Rajshahi, this year the farmers of nine upazilas here brought about 9,512 hectares of land under maize cultivation in kharip-1 season. Meanwhile, earlier in the year, the farmers in different upazilas brought 2,504 hectares of land under maize cultivation.
Abul Hossain, a maize farmer of Kashini village in Durgapur upazila, said, "For the last three years I have been cultivating maize two times a year. I cultivate maize during the rabi season and after harvesting, cultivate potato. After this, I again cultivate maize in my land. Besides, I have been getting handsome price of the produce. In this way, I have become economically benefitted."
Golam Rabbni, a farmer of Hatchandrapur area under Paba upazila, said, "A farmer has to spend Tk 5,000 to 6,000 for cultivating maize in per bigha of land and gets 20 maunds of the crop from the same land. In this way, a farmer can earn Tk 12,000 to 14,000 in per bigha."
Deputy Director of the DAE here Mozdar Hossain said that the farmers of Durgapur, Paba, Charghat, Putia, and Tanore upazilas have cultivated maize in huge areas this year.
The availability of hybrid variety seeds, huge demand of the crop, and maximum profit from the cultivation have encouraged the farmers towards large scale maize farming.
District DAE Officer Shamsul Haque said, "We train the farmers of different upazilas on maize cultivation every year. We hope that the farmers would be more interested in maize cultivation."