Farmers are happy getting bumper garlic output during the last Rabi season and fair price of the spicy crop in Rangpur agriculture region.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said a target of producing 28,399 tonnes of garlic was fixed from 3,353 hectares of land for all five districts in the region during the last Rabi season.
However, farmers cultivated garlic on 3,470 hectares of land, less by only 65 hectares of land against the fixed farming target.
"After completing harvest, farmers got a bumper production of 27,977 tonnes of garlic at the average yield rate of 8.06 tonnes per hectare of land," Additional Director of DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Md Emdad Hossain Sheikh said.
Farmers produced 9,275 tonnes of garlic from 1,177 hectares of land in Rangpur, 2,503 tonnes from 350 hectares in Gaibandha, 4,813 tonnes from 630 hectares in Kurigram, 3,821 tonnes from 396 hectors in Lalmonirhat and 7,565 tonnes from 917 hectares of land in Nilphamari districts of the region. The DAE and other agriculture related organizations extended assistance and latest technologies and commercial banks easy-term agro-loans to farmers to attain the fixed production target.
"Farmers are showing keen interest every year in expanding garlic farming adopting eco-friendly technologies after getting repeated bumper production and fair prices in recent years," Hossain said.
Farmer Anwar Hossain of Paschim Mohipur village in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur said he had cultivated garlic on his farmland using the zero tillage method and got a bumper yield of the spicy crop.
Farmer Echhahaq Ali and Mamunur Rahman of village Kathihara in Sadar upazila of Rangpur said they cultivated garlic on their croplands and got excellent output and better price.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said farmers are showing more interest in farming garlic adopting the zero tillage method on the same land after harvesting Aman paddy.
"Residual values of organic fertilizers and soil moisture of the paddy fields help farmers in cultivating garlic to get bumper output, '' he said.
Besides, adoption of the zero tillage method for sowing garlic seeds and proper crop diversification with land management can help farmers a lot in increasing production by saving costs of labor and irrigation.
"The DAE and other agriculture related organizations and some NGOs are working to popularize the zero tillage garlic farming method among farmers to enhance its production in the region," he added. Retail vegetable trader Hafizur Rahman at Rangpur City Market today told BSS
that farmers are selling their produced garlic at rates between Taka 2,800 and Taka 3,200 per mound (every 40 kgs) to wholesalers.
"However, retailers are selling garlic at rates between Taka 3,200 and Taka 3,600 per mound or between Taka 80 and Taka 90 per kg on an average depending on the size and quality," Hafizur added.