Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bumper lemon production likely in Rangpur region

Bumper lemon production likely in Rangpur region

RANGPUR, June 4: The officials and experts of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are expecting production of over nine crore pieces of lemon worth Taka 27 crore this year in Rangpur agriculture region, reports BSS. DAE officials said , the farmers have been showing keen interests in farming lemon after getting repeated bumper production in recent years in rural areas of the region. The farmers have cultivated 'Kagoji', 'Pati', 'Elachi', seedless, China and 'Zamir' lemon varieties on 262 hectares of land in Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Nilphamari districts this year. "The production of lemon might be nine crore pieces worth Taka 27 crore and the farmers can get Taka 3 per piece on an average this year," said Horticulture Specialist of the DAE Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam. "However, each piece of lemon is being sold at rates between Taka 5 and Taka 6 depending on shape, size and variety at local markets," he said. "The total produced nine crore pieces of lemon could be sold at about Taka 54 crore by the traders in local markets where as the farmers at grassroots level could get just Taka 27 crore ," Mesbahul added. Deputy Director of the DAE SM Asharf Ali said commercial basis lemon farming has become a profitable venture making many farmers self-reliance and boosting the rural agriculture based economy. "The farmers and common people have been farming lemon and using lemon trees as live fences around crop fields also to protect their crops from domestic animals," he said. Agriculture and Environment Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid said the farmers have been expanding lemon cultivation because it is profitable. "More than 4,300 farmers and common people became self-reliant through lemon farming," Mamun added. Regional Additional Director of the DAE Shah Alam said steps have been taken to further expand lemon farming through extending necessary support and training to the farmers.

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