Maize has been cultivated in record amount of land in Naogaon this time. In the last few days, early varieties of maize have been harvested in different areas of Atrai upazila. This time bumper crop of maize has brought smiles on the faces of farmers.
It is learned that maize has been cultivated in more lands in the upazila this time than last time. Since the beginning of the season, the weather has been favorable and the corn plants have become visible in the fields. No damage was done to the maize this time as the cultivation was free from any weather or storm rain and Kalavaishakhi. At the same time, the bumper crop has created a smile on the faces of the farmers. Compared to Boro cultivation, the cost of maize cultivation is less but the profit is more. Therefore, maize has been cultivated in much more land this time than last time. The amount of maize was cultivated in this upazila last year. This time maize has been cultivated in much more land than that. This time maize has been cultivated in 8 unions of the upazila in 4,600 hectares of land.
Rezaul Karim of Biproboalia village of the upazila said, "This time we have cultivated maize in many lands. I have also started cutting early varieties of maize. This time the yield of maize is much better. The yield is about 40 to 45 mounds per bigha. We are very happy that the market price is also good.” Jaher Ali of Mahadighi village said, "We are very happy with the bumper crop of maize this time. Our suffering will be successful only if we get a fair price.”
Atrai Upazila Agriculture Officer Kaushar Hossain said that this time, maize has been cultivated more in Atrai. Since the beginning of the season, the weather has been favorable and there has been no disruption in maize cultivation. We have also always encouraged farmers to use advanced seeds and modern technology. Our Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officers have been giving various suggestions to the farmers since the beginning of the season. According to their advice, using these technologies, bumper crop of maize is being harvested this time and has remained free from diseases. And the farmers will benefit a lot from this crop.