JOYPURHAT: Farmers in the district are happy with the bumper production of potato and its prices this year.
They have started harvesting of potato that grew in plenty and healthy this year for good weather. The harvesting of the most consumed vegetable will continue till last week of this month.
The farmers here said they expect a bumper production of potato and hope to recover the losses they incurred in the first phase of previous year.
A total of 40,700 hectares of land have been brought under the cultivation in five upazila of the district with a production target of 0.8 million tonnes of potato. Of the total, 7,200 hectares of land have been brought under the cultivation in Sadar upazila, 7,300 hectares in Panchbibi upazila, 5,200 hectares in Akkelpur upazila, 9,000 hectares in Khetlal upazila and 12,000 hectares in Kalai upazila.
Azad Hossain, a farmer of Kazipara village of Kalai upazila, said he cultivated Granola variety (white) potato on four bighas of land spending Taka about 50,000 on inputs like seeds, fertiliser and pesticides.
Now, he expects to harvest 40-45 mounds of potato from one bigha of land. Currently, per mound (40-kg) of Granola variety potato is selling at Taka 800-850. He will get a profit Taka 15,000-17,000.
Deputy Director of DAE AZM Sabbir Ibne Jahan said that the weather was favorable for cultivation of potato. Farmers use pesticide to keep their potato fresh and good with the suggestion of DAE field officials. The production of potato is good this year as the weather was favorable.-Asfar