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In Jamalpur’s Sarishabari, local farmers are hoping for good yields by cultivating maize in different places including char areas. Maize yield has been good as the weather environment is favorable for maize cultivation. The greenery of corn all around is now spread all over the field. The farmer’s face has a colorful smile. The farmers think that the dream of touching the sky will be fulfilled this time. It is learned that the farmers have resorted to this lucrative maize cultivation on the advice of the Department of Agriculture.
According to the Agriculture Office, the target for maize cultivation in the unions of the upazila this season was 1,600 hectares of land. This time maize has been cultivated in 1,920 hectares of land exceeding the target. This maize has been cultivated in different places of the upazila since mid-December. However, maize cultivation has been increased in hundreds of crop lands in Aona, Satpoya, Kamrabad and Bhatara Union char areas including the char areas of Pogaldigha Union. Farmers will thresh these cultivated maize in three to four weeks next month and take them home.
Abdul Majeed, a local maize farmer, said that this time the maize looks much better than last year. I have cultivated maize in 8 bighas of land. My mind is filled with the look of green corn. By the grace of Allah, if there is no bala machibata, I will benefit by getting good yield.
Meanwhile, corn farmers Shahin Mia and Tajam Ali said, “I used to cultivate more paddy like many people before but this time I have cultivated more maize.” My corn yield is much higher than before, hopefully this time I will benefit. Besides, I can feed corn green leaves as grass for keeping 4 cows. This reduces the cost of raising cows.
Shamim Mia, headmaster of a secondary school in Malipara Char area of Pogaldigha Union and an ideal farmer in the char area, said farmers would benefit if the maize market was good this time. As a teacher, I have grown more corn than rice. Especially in urban areas, yellow and golden ripe corn thor (sheaf) is sold at high prices. Besides, it is supplied to different parts of the country including the capital Dhaka. So the farmers will benefit comparatively this time.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Abdullah Al Mamun said the maize yield has improved this time as the weather is favorable. Moreover, agricultural officers are always engaged for maize cultivation. Exceeded targets this season. Therefore, maize cultivation is likely to yield the expected yield.
Source: ODHIKAR by www.odhikar.news.
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