Green chilli farmers frustrated for price fall in Rajshahi
RAJSHAHI, Sept 11: The prices of green chillies have fallen in the district unexpectedly.
The farmers are frustrated as they can't recoup the cultivation and production cost due to this price fall. They are selling per kilogram chilli at Taka 5 to 10.
From the beginning, the chilli cultivation suffered from natural disasters. Because of fare price in midseason, the farmers were hopeful in its cultivation. But, they suffered much due to heavy rain and insect attack on the fields.
The retail price of chillies is double than the wholesale rate, said local traders.
Due to fare price and good yield last year, the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) set the target for chilli cultivation on 1,865 hectares of land this year which was 1,737 ha last year.
Farmer Shafiqul Islam of Mohanpur Upazila said owner of the land did not come to collect the chilli as the price decreased.
Farmers and traders in Paba Upazila said last year, per kg chilli was sold at Taka 25 to 30 during the start of the season but later it stood at Taka 90 to 95 and finally at Taka 120 to 180.
While visiting recently, it was found that per kg green chilli was selling at Taka 18 to 25 in city markets.
The harvesting cost of per kg chilli is Taka 10 to 12 but the farmers have to sell it at Taka 5 to 10 per kg.
Paba Upazila Agriculture Officer AKM Manjur Molla said market officers are monitoring the chilli prices.
Deputy Director of Rajshahi DAE Dev Dulal Dhali said chilli farming is dependent on nature. Farmers are working tirelessly to produce chilli. They will lose interest in its cultivation if the price fall continues.
He, however, hoped that the crisis will be overcome and the price of green chilli will increase.