Cultivation of green chilli helps Mahbub beat poverty

GOPALGANJ, Mar 1: Mahbub Ukil (33), son of Late Abdul Mannan Ukil of village Paikerdanga at Suktail Union under Sadar Upazila of the district, has found a way to get rid of poverty.

The young farmer has recently started cultivating green-chilli at the village.

Three month back Mahbub visited Jessore with his friends. He purchased some chilli seeds of Indian variety named ‘Bullet’, from a seed store there.

After getting back home, Mahbub planted those seeds on a seedbed near his residence. Three weeks later, the saplings came out and he planted those on 33 decimals of land (one bigha).

After six week of planting, he is now selling his produce and around 10 maunds of chilli have already been sold at a rate of Tk 2,000 per maund.

If the weather condition is favourable, about 20 maunds more can be produced, Mahbub said, adding: “My production cost was at Tk 3,000.”

Bullet chilli has a good demand in the local markets for its large size.

Local traders from different areas of the country come to his field for purchasing chilli.

Mahbub said this chilli variety needs small investment but the return is big. He did not take any loan and did not even use chemical fertilisers.

Organic fertiliser like cow dung is enough for it, he added.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Gopalganj, a total of 260 hectares of land have been brought under green-chilli cultivation (local variety) with a production target of 312 tonnes this year.

Ranjit Biswas, sub assistant agriculture officer of Suktail Union Block under Sadar Upazila, said farmers of the area are interested on bullet chilli farming because they thinks chilli farming is more profitable than any others crops.




Source: The Financial Express. Date: 1 March 2016