RANGPUR, Mar 19: The pointed gourd (Potol) cultivators in different areas of the district are hopeful about a plentiful yield of the vegetable in this current season.
Motaleb, a grower of potol at Nabdiganj area in Pirgachha upazila said he prefers farming vegetables due to high profit in comparison with many other crops. He cultivated potol on 40 decimals of land this season.
During the last few years he has been getting a satisfactory yield as well as good profit from farming of the vegetable, he said. He is expected to expand his vegetables farming next year, he added.
Masum, another vegetable grower of Palichara area under Rangpur sadar upazila told FE a good number of peasants of his area are showing their interest in the farming of pointed gourd than the cultivation of other crops owing to huge profit.
He has cultivated the vegetable on 45 decimals of land this season and is expecting bountiful yield of it, he also said.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Rangpur, official sources said satisfactory prices as well as huge demand have encouraged the cultivators to cultivate the vegetable on a large scale.
Use of modern technology also enhanced its production in recent years, sources said.
DAE is also giving the growers necessary advice in this regard so that they can get expected yield of vegetables including potol, sources added.
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