Expansion of lemon farming to bring fortune

RANGPUR, Jan 31: Cultivation of lemon has been expanding fast bringing economic self-reliance to thousands of farmers and common people changing their fortune in Rangpur region in recent years, reports BSS. Repeated bumper production with lucrative price round the year has been encouraging the farmers in expanding lemon cultivation in their gardens, orchards, homesteads and fallow lands almost everywhere in rural areas. With growing health and nutrition awareness among the common people on meeting Vitamin C demand, lemon cultivation has been increasing continuously also ushering in a new hope in the rural agriculture economy.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), NGOs and other related sources, some 4,000 farmers have achieved self-reliance through lemon farming and selling the produce at fair price. Horticulture Specialist of the DAE Khandker Md Mesbahul Islam said lemon cultivation has become profitable and its huge demand with lucrative price has been inspiring farmers in expanding its farming everywhere. The people have been farming lemon in their homesteads and farmers using lemon trees as live fences around crop fields also to protect their crops from the harms of domestic animals to earn extra profits.

Elderly person Quasem Ali of village Patrokhata Khondkerpara under Chilmari upazila in Kurigram has changed his fortune through farming lemon on his 12 decimals out of 48 decimal homestead croplands to earn over Taka seven to nine lakh annually. “I cultivate the local variety ‘Kagoji’, China and Duck Zamir varieties of lemons and consumption of the Duck Zamir variety is very beneficial to the jaundice and cough patients and it also increases milk for the lactating mothers,” he added. He also cultivates mango, jackfruit, black berry, litchi, papaya, coconut, olive, ‘baukul’, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, betel leaf, ‘pathorkuchi’, ‘amloki’, ‘horitoki’, ‘koromcha, ‘bashak’, ‘ghritokumari, chilli, arum, ol-kochu and other crops in the rest 36 decimals land adopting inter- cropping methods to earn another Taka 10 lakh annually.

Similarly, Abdul Haque, Joynul Abedin, Echahaq Ali, Rahim Uddin and Ayub Ali of different villages in greater Rangpur said they have been cultivating lemon as live fences in their crop fields to earn extra profits every year. Farmers Samsunnahar, Sohagi Khatun, Beauty Begum, Nabi Rahman, Abdul Aziz many others of Panchagarh, Kurigram, Rangpur and Lalmonirhat districts have achieved self-reliance and changed fortune through farming lemon. Deputy Director of Burirhat Horticulture Centre of the DAE in Rangpur Tauhidul Iqbal told BSS that his organisation has sold over 5,000 pieces saplings of the ‘deshi’, ‘kagoji’, ‘seedless’ and BARI varieties of lemon last year.

Source: News Today. Date: Jan 31 2016