Manikganj expects bumper sugarcane yield
MANIKGANJ, July 20: Sugarcane cultivators of the district are expecting bumper production during the current season as favourable weather is prevailing.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said a total of 685 hectares of land was brought under sugarcane cultivation during the current season in the district.
Soil of Singair Upazila is suitable for sugarcane cultivation. So sugarcane was cultivated in 493 hectares of land at Singair upazila out of 685 hectares in the district.
DAE sources also said though there is no sugar mill in and around Manikganj district, but the farmers of the district specially of Singair Upazila cultivate sugarcane as a cash crop.
Sugarcane of Singair has a great demand in and outside the district as delicious drinks particularly during sultry weather.
Afsar Uddin of village Bahir Khola, a sugarcane trader, said, though it is not the sugarcane harvesting time, but its juice remains in great demand now as mercury sometimes jumps higher.
"So, now we're collecting immature sugarcane from fields to meet the immediate demand," Ahmad Ali another sugarcane cultivator said.
"Sugarcane has a great demand round the year. Now it's for drinking and later it will for making molasses," he added.
Habibur Rahman Chowdhury, Deputy Director of DAE said the cultivation of sugarcane in the district is increasing day by day for its demand.