July 24, 2024, 6:52 am

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2023-05-07 01:59:31 BdST

Onion cultivators happy over bumper yield, price in Manikganj

The harvesting of onion, the main cash crop of three upazilas of the district, has already been completed with excellent production during the current season, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said.

The onion cultivation exceeded the fixed target and the cultivators are happy to get bumper production of their products and high prices, the sources added.

DAE office has set a target for cultivating onion on 6,500 hectares of land during the current season in all seven upazilas of the district with the production target of 96,395 metric tons of onion. But onion was cultivated on 6,782 hectares of land exceeding its fixed target by 282 hectares.

The DAE office had set a target for cultivating onion on 5,954 hectares of land last year with a production target of 63,113 metric tons of onion. But, the farmers had cultivated onion on 6,449 hectares of land exceeding the fixed target.

Most of the onion is cultivated in three upazilas of the district Harirampur, Ghior and Shibalaya. More than 80 percent of onion is cultivated only in those upazilas.

Ahmed Ali, 50, one of the onion cultivators of village Maluchi under Shibalaya upazila said "We have achieved a bumper production during the current season as we got quality seeds, fertilizers and other agri inputs at the right time, adding that the prices of onion are satisfactory."

Babul Mia, 43, another onion culvators of village Naudubi under Harirampur upazila of the district said "every year the prices of onion declined on a large scale during the harvesting time, this year it does not happen, rather we are getting more than our expectation."

Now per kilogram of moisturized onion is being sold at Taka 60 in retail markets and Taka 50-55 in wholesale markets all over the district, the market sources said.

Abu Mohammad Enayet Ullah, Deputy Director (DD) of DAE, said the land of three upazilas of the district is suitable for onion cultivation and the farmers of the areas cultivate this spicy product as one of the best cash crops.

Most of the onions of these areas are supplied to the various markets in the country including capital city Dhaka round the year, he said.

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