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Country Desk
Thousands of families in several districts, including Rajshahi, Joypurhat and Naogaon, are being benefitted from cultivating ample pumpkin this season.
The farmers are achieving bumper output as favourable weather condition and timely supply of necessary agri-input boosts the crops.
In Rajshahi, the farmers in the district are making a good profit than other Rabi crops growers spending a small amount of money. A good number of growers said that commercial pumpkin cultivation has been gaining popularity in the area since 2012.
The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) supports the pumpkin cultivators by providing all necessary inputs.
A small green pumpkin is sold at Tk 30 to Tk 40, a medium one at Tk 50 to Tk 60 and big pumpkin at Tk 70 to Tk 100. The traders send locally-produced pumpkin to different districts for high demand.
To grow pumpkin on one bigha of land, the farmers usually spend Tk 4,000 to Tk 7,000. Profit over Tk 20,000 to Tk 30,000 can be made from the same land if a bumper production is achieved, said Deb Dulal Dhali, deputy director of Rajshahi DAE.
In Joypurhat, the wholesalers from the region have already started exporting the crops to different districts including capital from the last week of January.
The peasants generally grow seasonal crops but they began pumpkin cultivation on an experimental basis according to suggestion of DAE since 2012 and got the success from the farms.
A small one pumpkin is being sold at Tk 30 to 40, a middle one is at Tk 50 to 60 and big one is at Tk from 90 to 100 according to shape and test in the local kitchen markets.
The wholesalers from the adjacent district visit the kitchen market to purchase the crops to sell them in different districts including Dhaka. Getting silly profit from the Boro paddy, they turned the desire from Boro paddy to pumpkin with the assistance of local agriculture offices since last few years.
Sub-assistant agriculture officer Azizur Rahman said that the pumpkin contains several food values which help us keep the body healthy and strong. Its cultivation is proved to the farmers as more lucrative, he added.
In Naogaon, the farmers in the district are achieving bumper pumpkin output this season.
According to DAE office sources, the peasants generally grow seeds of pumpkin October and begins harvesting from last week of January.
Investing trifling money, the pumpkin farmers are making good profit compare to other rabi crops in the region due to its fair market price during harvesting period, DAE added.