Country Desk

 The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and the farmers are optimistic of bumper output of garlic this season in Joypurhat and Natore districts.

In Natore, the DAE is expecting more than one thousand tonnes of garlic output this season due to favourable weather condition in Natore agri-zone. The saplings of the spice are growing well predicting a bumper production.

The farmers had produced more than one thousand tonnes of spice last year. The government and non-government organisations have jointly taken adequate steps to make the garlic farming a success.  The spice cultivation is increasing gradually in the district every season as its cultivation is easy and production cost is lower than other winter vegetables.

A garlic farmer of Shingra upazila said that he has cultivated the crop on 15 decimals of land this season by spending Tk 2,700. He is expecting to earn Tk 9,000 by selling his produce.

Deputy Director of DAE Rafiqul Islam said they have encouraged the farmers to grow garlic in a large scale across the region. The farmers are taking effective measures to grow the fresh spice in the region, he added.

In Joypurhat, the garlic farmers have been provided with all sorts of necessary agro-inputs during sowing seeds. They are passing busy time caring the spice filed. The farmers had sowed the spice in last November and they are hopeful of harvesting the produce next month.

According to the DAE office sources, the farmers have already planted garlic on 600 hectares of land and expect to produce over 300 tonnes of garlic if the weather condition remains favourable.

The garlic growers emphasised on the farming in a large scale this season as they had made good profit last year. They got both fair market price and bumper output in the previous year with the assistance of the authorities concerned.

The DAE has distributed fertiliser as incentive and quality seeds among the farmers of the agro-prone area.

A farmer of Akkelpur upazila said that he has sown garlic on two decimals of land spending Tk 2,200 this season according to suggestion of DAE. He is expecting to achieve two maunds of fresh output from the crop land.

Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer of DAE Azizur Rahman said that a good number of female farmers have been involved with the farming. The peasants have been given short- term training from agriculture offices across the region, he added.