Baukul makes Bogra farmers self-reliant

BOGRA, Feb 9: The farmers in all twelve upazilas of Bogra district are becoming self-reliant gradually by producing Baukul (one kind of jujubi).

According to the sources, the farmers have achieved bumper production of the fruit using modern technology this season.

The farmers have exceeded the target of farming in the agriculture region this season. The prices of the fruit are also satisfactory, the sources added.

The sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office said the farmers brought 190 hectares of land under Baukul cultivation targeting 2,000 tonnes of Baukul in the region this season.

We have motivated the farmers across the district to plant Baukul plants as the price of the fruit is satisfactory, they added.

Local sources said the farmers have been cultivating Baukul both at their orchards and homesteads for the last few years being frustrated over the output of mustard, potato and paddy.

The Baukul tree plantation is easier and more profitable than other crops, they mentioned.

The local DAE office has also ensured various agri-inputs round the year, the sources added.

While visiting different Baukul orchards across the district, it was found that the farmers were passing busy time collecting Baukul from their trees.

Meanwhile, Baukul is now being sold between Tk 50 and Tk 60 per kilogram in local markets.

Farmer Polash at Dewly Tetultola village under Shibgonj Upazila of the district said, “I have brought 0.90 acres of land under Baukul cultivation this year spending Tk 70,000 and I have already sold Tk 200,000 to the wholesalers who used to visit our locality to purchase fruits.”

“Rest of the fruits will be sold at about Tk 150,000 if the weather condition and price remain favourable until completion of harvest.” he expressed the hope.

When contracted, Deputy Director of the DAE Chandi Das said the farmers were showing more interest to grow Baukul as it is more profitable than other crops.

The cultivation of the fruit both at homesteads and orchards across the area has been increasing every year and “we are encouraging the grassroots level farmers to plant more Baukul trees on their croplands, he added.

Source: The Financial Express. Date: 10 February 2016