Plum farming gaining momentum in Padma chars
RAJSHAHI, Apr 2: Plum farming is gaining momentum in Padma River char areas in Bagha Upazila of the district.
Chakrajapur Union is located in Padma char area in the upazila. For years, a total of 5,286 hectares of char areas were uncultivable due to sunshine and sandy conditions. But, plums are being grown other than onion, garlic, lentil, wheat, mustard, paddy, turmeric, and ginger.
The bean farming has been made expedite by educated youths in the locality making a good contribution in meeting the nutritional deficit. It is boosting national economic growth as well.
Varieties of plum are being cultivated in Chakrajapur Union giving record yield.
Plum farming has brought in good lucks in the life of many in the locality, including Bagha Municipality Mayor Abdur Razzak, Shafiqul Islam, Jamal Uddin, Sona Mia, Yusuf Ali, and Ashrafudoulla.
These jobless youths have launched a new era of fortune for golden harvests in the Padma's chars.
A recent visit to Padma's chars found some growers picking plums for marketing and others rearing.
"I've cultivated plum on 104 bighas of land spending Tk 40,000 to 45,000 in per bigha," said a grower Shafiqul Islam Sana adding, "I am expecting an average harvest of 130 to 150 maunds from per bigha."
"I'm hoping for about Tk 1 crore sales in this season," he estimated.
Bagha Municipality Mayor Abdur Razzak said per maund plum was selling at Tk 1,500 at the beginning of the last season but registering a decline to Tk 1,200 by the mid season. But the market was good for BAU and Thai varieties.
"I've cultivated plums in 30 bighas of leased land," he said.
Jamal Uddin of Gorgori Village has cultivated plum in 40 bighas. His harvest has been good and expecting good prices too. He was followed by Manju Sarkar of Bausa Village cultivating plums in 20 bighas.
He started cultivating plums after his post-graduation, and becoming benefitted from agricultural farming as the career.
Another plum farmer Sona Mia said, "I've been success in the plum cultivation at the prescription of plum cultivation," adding, "Plum exporting to abroad is very possible if governmental incentive is available."
Farmer Mithun Ali of Bausa Sarkarpara Village said, "I'm expecting a sales of plums worth about Tk 50,000 this season in addition to farming of paddy, papaya, banana or dairy," adding, "Many in the locality are shifting to plum farming seeing my success."
Upazila Agriculture Officer Shafiullah Sultan said, "Plum has been cultivated in 150 ha of land in the upazila this season. Most of the plum has been cultivated in Padma's char.
Farmers are commercially cultivating plum besides other crops, he pointed out. They are assisting the farmers with their maximum capacities, he added.
Coming up with the prospect of exporting, he said if the high-yielding species are identified, then exporting to overseas countries shall be possible.
Also, educated youths will be financially self-reliant, he also added.