Farmers are expanding groundnut farming every year after getting repeated bumper production and lucrative market prices in the last 12 years
The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has fixed a record target of producing 35,397 tons of groundnut from 17,7930 hectares of land for all eight districts in Rangpur division during the current Rabi season.
The DAE officials said farmers have already completed sowing of groundnut seeds on over 9,000 hectares of land till Monday as the process continues in full swing amid excellent climatic conditions across the division.
The tender groundnut plants are growing fabulously currently both on the mainland and vast riverine char areas in all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region and three districts of Dinajpur agriculture region in the division.
During the last Rabi season, farmers cultivated groundnut on 17,777 hectares of land and produced a record quantity of 33,607 tons of groundnut in the division.
Acting Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Md. Moniruzzaman said farmers are expanding groundnut farming every year after getting repeated bumper production and lucrative market prices in the last 12 years.
As a result of conducting massive motivational activities by the DAE and other Agri-related organizations, farmers are increasing cultivation of high yielding varieties of groundnut evolved by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI).
With the consistently increasing demand of groundnut in the food industries and export of the products abroad, farmers are showing keen interests in enhancing groundnut cultivation on main lands and char areas to reap more benefits than other crops.
“The DAE has fixed targets of producing 12,168 tons of groundnut from 6,160 hectares of land for Rangpur agriculture region and 23,129 tons from 11,570 hectares for Dinajpur agriculture region in the division this time,” Moniruzzaman added.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said farmers can earn Tk 40,000 by producing 24 to 27 mounds of groundnut per acre of land spending Tk 20,000 as farming costs per acre.
“More than 15,000 farmers have achieved self-reliance by cultivating groundnut during the Rabi and Kharif seasons every year with assistance of the DAE in Rangpur division in the last 12 years,” Rashid added.