Harvest of maize, one of the cash crops of the district, has been progressing fast in all the seven upazilas here for few weeks last amid much enthusiasm to the farmers, reports BSS.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said a total of 12,000 hectares of land of the district were brought under maize farming during the current season.
Of the total, some 1,680 hectares of land were farmed in Sadar upazila, 850 in Sadullapur upazila, 770 in Palashbari upazila, 2,400 in Gobindaganj upazila, 1,400 in Sundarganj upazila, 600 in Shaghata upazila and 4,300 in Fulchhari upazila.
The harvest of the crop started this month and has been going on in full swing and it will continue till May, said an official of the DAE.
The farmers are getting desired output against the crop this year and also earning economical profit through selling it at local markets. Per maund (40-kg) of maize is being sold at TK 800-820 here depending on its quality.
Timely distribution of maize seed, fertilizers, agri inputs to the farmers side by side with providing technological support and trainings from the field level agri officials are the main reasons behind getting desired output.
Anguri Begum, a farmer of Char Khatiamari under Fazlupur union of Fulchhari upazila, said she cultivated the variety on two bighas of land this year and got desired production of the crop.
Climatic condition was fully favourable to farm the maize this year; resulting the crop had grown well at the vast land of the char, she added.
Very recently, deputy commissioner Gautam Chandra Pal and deputy director (DD) of DAE AKM Ruhul Amin visited the char and talked to the farmers about the maize farming on the char land.
After elaborate discussion, DC Gautam Chandra Pal said more facilities would be ensured for the maize farmers to produce quality maize in coming seasons as the maize had been branded of the district.
The Gaibandha district would be familiar to the people of other parts of the country and the globe as maize production district, he added.
Talking to the BSS DD of DAE AKM Ruhul Amin said favorable soil, climatic and topographic conditions had also encouraged the farmers to grow large scale maize cultivation on the char land.
In reply to a query the DD said over 30 percent harvest of the crop had been completed till April 15.