Cultivation of water chestnut, locally known as ‘Paniphal’, has brought financial solvency to the grassroots peasants in the district.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said a good number of growers in Dupchanchia, Kahaloo, Adamdighi, Sonatola, Sariakandi, Shajahanpur, Gabtoly, Shibganj and Sadar upazilas had started growing the fruit a decade ago on experiment basis.
Now the district is well-known for commercial water chestnut production, sources added.
DAE officials said chestnut is growing in some 20 hectares of water body area in the district. More than 300 people are directly engaged with the farming of the indigenous fruit.
I have cultivated water chestnut in 30 decimals area of water body this season spending Tk 3,000, said farmer Milon Rahman of Ranobagha village under Nandigram upazila.
The farmer said he has already sold some 12 maunds of the produce this season.