The Maize cultivation has exceeded the target by 122 percent with bringing additional 17,676 hectors of land under cultivation in the current season in Jashore Agriculture Region.
During the current fiscal year 2022-23, the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) had set a plantation target of 80,863 hectares of land which is exceeded by 98,539 hectares of land and the production target of 9.18-lakh tonnes of Maize exceeded by 11-lakh tonnes, Jashore region DAE Sub-Assistant agriculture officer Rafiqul Islam said.
Jashore Agricultural Regional Additional Director Abu Hossain said, Maize cultivation has gained much popularity among the Jashore, Jhenaidah, Magura, Kushtia, Chuadanga and Meherpur districts as it has been playing a significant role in earning and changing the lots of the farmers for last few years.
DAE sources said, In Chuadanga, farmers cultivated Maize on 49,420 hectares of land where the fixed target was 38,710 hectares of land. In Meherpur, farmers cultivated Maize on 18,000 hectares of land where the fixed target was 14,500 hectares of land. In Jhenaidah, farmers cultivated Maize on 16,680 hectares of land where the fixed target was 15,112 hectares of land. In Kushtia, farmers cultivated Maize on 11,950 hectares of land where the fixed target was 9,916 hectares of land. In Magura, farmers cultivated Maize on 1,252 hectares of land where the fixed target was 1,050 hectares of land. In Jashore, farmers cultivated Maize on 1,237 hectares of land where the fixed target was 1,575 hectares of land.
Favorable soil, climatic and topographic conditions have also encouraged the farmers to grow large scale maize cultivation on the land, said Bevash Chandra Saha, deputy director of Chuadanga DAE.
Cultivation of maize has been contributing significantly to the poverty reduction and achievement self reliance for last few years as they are getting fair prices against their yield, he also said.
The farming might increase during the current season he said, adding that necessary measures had been taken to ensure the supply of fertilizer, pesticide and other agro-inputs to the growers to make the maize farming a success here.