Farmers change lot cultivating chilli at Raninagar
RANINAGAR, NOAGAON, Sept 21: Many farmers in Raninagar Upazila of the district have changed their lot through cultivating chilli. Local agriculture office is motivating farmers to cultivate chilli besides the cultivation of paddy and other crops.
The chilli produced here is being sent to different areas of the country after meeting the local demand.
Chilli cultivation has increased this season as compared to last season. During the last flood in July, the farmers profited much selling chilli at Tk 100 to 120 per kg. At present, it is selling at Tk 50 to 60 per kg in the market.
Sources at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in the upazila said, chilli has been cultivated in about 30 hectares of land in the upazila this season. Besides the local varieties, hybrid ones have also been cultivated here.
Due to high price and demand in the market, farmers are being interested in chilli cultivation day by day.
Though the farmers cultivated chilli for family use on their homesteads, they are now cultivating it on commercial basis gradually.
Farmers are harvesting chilli ignoring heat this monsoon, and wholesalers from different areas are buying the product locally at fair prices. As a result, they do not have to worry about the sale.
However, the farmers complained that they had to apply more pesticides in chilli fields. As some other crops do not grow well in these high lands, so farmers had to cultivate chilli in the lands.
Farmers said about 50 to 60 maunds of green chilli are produced from per bigha land. The production cost in per bigha is Tk 10,000 to 15,000.
Farmer Rafiqul Islam of Paroil Village in the upazila said, "Besides farming paddy, I have been cultivating chilli in about 1.5 bighas of land for the last few years. I will make profit excluding all costs. Due to more yield at low cultivation and production cost, many farmers are also becoming interested in chilli cultivation."
Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Md Shahidul Islam said, "Farmers in every union of the upazila are more interested in paddy cultivation. But, repeated cultivation of paddy in the same land reduces the land's fertility. To protect soil diversity and fertility, we are advising farmers to cultivate various profitable crops. The farmers of five unions have benefited by cultivating chilli. We are giving all kinds of suggestions to them for more production."