Rangpur farmers producing 16 tonnes of peanut seeds

RANGPUR, Jan 08: Farmers of Kawnia upazila in the district are expecting to produce around 16 tonnes of peanut seeds this season under the initiative of Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) and Upazila Agriculture Office.

Such new initiative has ushered in new hope to the growers of the upazila and its adjacent areas, sources said.

Sources said peanut farming is popular in the upazila. Every year peanut is cultivated in around 500 hectares of lands in 17 Char areas. But inadequate availability of quality seeds is a major problem in farming the crop in the upazila.

Every year farmers purchase seeds at a high rate from the neighbouring districts.

In order to minimise the sufferings of the farmers, BINA and the upazila agriculture office are jointly assisting the growers to produce peanut seeds.

Under the initiative, peanut seed is being cultivated on around 10 acres of lands at Char Biswanath this season.

Motaleb Mia, a farmer of Char Biswanath, said he is cultivating peanut seeds in his 30 decimals of lands. He also expects of achieving a good yield.

Monsur Ali, another peanut seed grower of the area, said earlier they had to go to other districts to collect good seeds of the crop at higher rate. “The initiative will reduce production costs of the growers to a great extent”, he added.

Upazila agriculture office sources said around 16 tonnes of peanut seeds will be produced in the area which will meet nearly half of the demand of required seeds in the upazila. The production is expected to be increased further in next season as more farmers are showing their interest in it. Around 35 to 40 tonnes of peanut seed is required every year in the upazila which costs around Tk 4.0 million.

Upazila agriculture officer Shamimur Rahman said they are providing necessary suggestions and assistances to the farmers so that they can succeed in producing quality peanut seeds.

Source: The Financial Express. Date: 8 January 2017