JOYPURHAT, Sept 01: Farmers of the district have started harvesting arum this season.
Sources said arum farmers across the district are trying to complete the harvest the vegetable as soon as possible to bring the same land under the farming of early winter vegetables.
A good number of people in all the five upazilas of the district has attained financial solvency by growing the item, sources added.
Over 1,200 poor and marginal peasants of Akkelpur, Kalai, Khetlal, Panchbibi and Sadar upazilas are engaged with the production of arum. They are also delighted over the present market price of the vegetable.
Arum is being sold at Tk 40 to Tk 45 per kg in the local markets.
"Arum farming is increasing in the area due to high profit," said sub-assistant agriculture officer of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Azizur Rahman.
The department provided all necessary support to the growers, he added.
Farmer Kanu Basfor of Sadar upazila said he has cultivated arum on 35 decimals of land spending Tk 3,000.
He said he has already sold some 20 maunds of his produce at Tk 18,000. He said he is expecting to make profit of Tk 4,000 more this year.
In a recent visit to different local markets this correspondent found each maund of arum is selling at Tk 1,200 to Tk 1,400 in the wholesale market while the retail market price is Tk 1,500 to Tk 1,600.
Deputy Director of DAE Sudhindranath Roy said arum farming is profitable. Growers should expand the vegetable production across the country for more profit.
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