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Farmers expect profit from green chilli in Rajshahi

Farmers expect profit from green chilli in Rajshahi

Our Correspondent RAJSHAHI, Sept 16: Local farmers are passing busy time keeping chilli field free from possible pest attack with a hope to make profit.. Presently, green chilli is selling at Tk 45 to 55 per kg in local wholesale markets and the farmers believe despite the pest attack, they will be able to make reasonably good profit, locals said. However, efforts are being taken to spray fungicides prescribed by agriculture office to check the pest attack. Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE)Rajshahi,Deb Dulal Dhali hoped that despite the pest attack, the farmers will get good yield and fair price. Thus, considering the farmers' growing interest, the DAE fixed this year's green chilli cultivation target on 1,865 hectares of land which was 1,737 ha last year. Discussing about the matter he also said that this year's cultivation target has been achieved. While talking with some farmers and traders of Paba Upazila this correspondent came to know that the farmers cultivated green chilli on more lands this year as they got fair price last year, but pest has attacked many lands. The price of per kg green chilli started from Tk 25 to 30, and at one stage it rose to Tk 90 to 95 and finally to Tk 120 to 180. But, again the price has come down and selling at Tk 45 to 55 per kg. According to farmer Mobarak Hossen, though the price of green chilli is normal now, but the price will again rise after some time. Mojibor Sarker of Teghar Village in Paba Upazila said, "Earlier we planted chilli taking more time but this time we planted it earlier as we could irrigate our lands with water collected from deep tube-well." Farmer Abdus Samad of Nuriakhetra Village in Mohanpur Upazila said, "I cultivated green chilli on one bigha of land last year and got good yield and price. This time I cultivated it on one and a half bighas of land, but many plants have been damaged for pest attack. I'm worried about losses in this connection." Paba Upazila Agriculture Officer AKM Manjure Mawla said heavy rainfall generally damages green chilli plants. Hailstorm during the start of this season damaged some plants. As much time is left, the farmers have planted saplings again.

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