Tomato cultivation declines in Rajshahi
Published : Monday, 2 December, 2019 at 6:26 PM Count : 1004
The cultivation of cash crop tomato is declining day by day in Rajshahi district due to shortage of the quality seeds and lack of fair price for the produce, claimed farmers.
According to the district Agriculture Extension Office, this year's target was to cultivate tomato on 3,050 hectares, which was 3,379 hectares in the previous year.
Of the total cultivable land, 2,250 hectares have been brought under tomato cultivation in Godagari upazila alone, which is 400 hectares less than last year.
In Paba upazila, farmers cultivated tomato in 425 hectares of land.
According to Godagari Agriculture Extension Office, farmers in the upazila cultivated tomato on 2,800 hectares in 2012 while on 4,000 hectares in 2013.
Ashraful Islam, deputy agriculture assistant officer, said the government has set a target to cultivate tomato on 650 hectares while it was 700 hectares in the last year.
Farmers are losing their interest in tomato cultivation as they are depriving of fair price for their produce.
Abdul, a farmer in Paba upazila, said he cultivated tomato on one bigha of land, but stop cultivation next year if fails to get the fair price.
Farmers of Godagari upazila said they incurred loss in 2010 after cultivating hybrid seeds of Sabal F-1. Still they are facing the crisis of quality seeds.
Shamsul Haque, deputy director of district Agriculture Extension Office, said production of tomato declined to a singnificant amount.
“Farmers will show interest to grow those crops which earn profit for them. We are keeping eyes on providing them with quality seeds. Hopefully, farmers will get fair price for their produce this year,” he said.