Pumpkin farming going on in Bogra river basin area

Our Correspondent | Published: January 22, 2018 00:11:49 | Updated: January 23, 2018 12:25:46


A pumpkin field in Sonatola upazila of Bogra. The photo was taken on Sunday. — FE Photo

Hundreds of poor and marginal farmers of Jamuna, Bangalee and Nagore rivers basin of the district are expecting to make a good profit from pumpkin cultivation.

Excellent growing of the vegetable is predicting a bumper production this season, said farmer Aminur Rahman of Sarikandi upazila.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office, farmers of the three rivers basin area have shown more interest to bring a vast cropland under pumpkin cultivation due to favourable weather condition.

Farmers of Sariakandi, Shonatola and Dhunaot upazilas have also provided necessary agri-inputs so that they can grow the popular vegetable smoothly.

"I have brought some 40 decimals of land under pumpkin cultivation this season spending Tk 3400," said Abdul Alim of Shalikha village under Sonatola upazila. "I am expecting to make a profit over Tk 12,000 if the weather condition remains favourable", the grower added.

In a recent visit the correspondent found the farmers have started harvesting pumpkin to sell in the local kitchen market. A small size pumpkin is being sold at Tk 30 to Tk 40, middle size one at Tk 50 to Tk 60 and big one at Tk 100 to Tk 120 in the retail market across the district. 

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