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Chilly cultivation in Narsingdi char areas gaining ground

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NARSINGDI:i A view of a chilly field in Narsingdi char area.

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18th-May-2017       
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M.A. Awal, Narsingdi :
Chilly cultivation is gaining ground in Narsingdi char areas. Bumper  yield of chilly brings substantial amount of money to the farmers.
About 1000 poor farmers in the river basin 20 char villages of Sadar.
Belabo and Raipura upazilas of the district have involved themselves in chilly cultivation for long years considering its economic aspect and they have achieving economic self-reliance.
According to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office Narsingdi, about 1000 acres of fertile char lands, mainly in three upazilas of the district have been brought under the chilly cultivation this year.
The lands beside the Meghna and Arial Khan rivers were filled with silt (Palli) earth during the monsoon which is favorable to the chilly farming.
This correspondent recently visited the char villages of Sadar, Belabo and Raipura Upazilas and saw farmers are busy plunking of chilly from the fields with much enthusiasm.
Abdul Kader,  a fortunate farmer of Mirja Char village of Raipura upazila said four to five mounds of green chilly might be plunked from a bigha of land in a week During the whole season chilly may be plunked 10 to 12 times from a land.
Talking to this Correspondent Abdul Kader said he had undergone hard days along with his family members before then years ago as the Meghna devoured his lands.
He said he was devastated periodically and started cultivating chilly by taken leased tow bighas chr lands which cost him Tk 5000.
He got over 76 mounds of green chilly and earned about net profit Tk 65000 by selling green and dry chilly that year. He is very happy now as a regular yearly income began him by cultivating chilly. He expressed his happiness over the farming of chilly during the last ten years and told economic prosperity brought him social recognition. 

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