Farmers of Rangpur region are happy to get bumper yield and good price of onion in advance. In addition to meeting the demand of onions in the country to reduce import dependence, the farmers are benefiting financially.
Farmers said that most of the farmers in the country cultivate winter onions. As a result, the price of the product increases as the summer season approaches. Even after imports from abroad, the situation became difficult to manage. As this situation continues for the last few years, the agriculture department has taken steps to cultivate onion in the country even during summer. Small and marginal farmers are earning lakhs of rupees by spending 25 to 30 thousand rupees per bigha in onion cultivation. Other farmers are also opting for the new summer onion variety N-53 due to low cost and high profit.
Going to Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Panchagarh, farmers are benefiting as onion prices are good in the market.
Farmers have received all kinds of support and advice from the agriculture department in cultivating this variety which has the potential to reduce the onion crisis in the country.
Nazrul Islam, farmer of Lalmonirhat Hatibandha, said, I have cultivated early summer onion in 33 century land. Onion cultivation cost 25-30 thousand per bigha. In about three months, 70-80 maunds of onion have been produced per bigha. Now the price of onion is 35-40 rupees per kg in the market.
Ashikur Rahman, farmer of Paglapir area of Rangpur Sadar Upazila, said, I cultivated summer onions on the 18th century land on the advice of the Agriculture Office. Also received seeds and some financial support from agriculture office. Bumper yield of onions. Onion prices are also good in the market.
Upazila Agricultural officers are helping the farmers by giving them advice and warning them from possible pest/ insect issues, farmers stated. By getting experienced advices from the authorities, many farmers in the area are getting good yield in their fields.
Mahbubar Rahman, Additional Deputy Director (Cereals) of Rangpur Agricultural Extension Department said that the agriculture department has provided all kinds of support and advice in the cultivation of this variety which has the potential to reduce the onion crisis in the country. Onions are very large in size. 9-10 onions make one kg. Onion is now being sold at Tk 35-40 per kg in the market. As a result, farmers have achieved success in onion cultivation. They will benefit financially and the onion crisis in the country will be reduced. Summer onion cultivation is expected to increase further next year.