Bumper carrot yield with better price makes Iswardi farmers happy19 January 2022
ISHWARDI(Pabna): Workers are passing busy time in cleaning and packing of carrots at Ishwardi Upazila as the upazila has achieved bumper production of the winter vegetable in this season. The picture was taken on Tuesday. NN photo
Ishwardi (Pabna) Correspondent :
The best carrots in the country are produced in Ishwardi due to their advance, sweetness and dryness. This time the bumper carrot yield has been harvested in Ishwardi due to favorable weather. Carrot growers are smiling as prices are getting better with bumper yields too.
Farmers are interested in cultivating carrots due to proper land management, favorable weather conditions, and low incidence of diseases, less labour, high production and good prices. The fate of many farmers has changed by cultivating carrots. A huge amount of carrots are being producedhere and supplied to other big cities including the capital Dhaka, Chattogram, Noakhali and Feni. The carrots here have good taste and less water, so the demand is high. For this reason, the reputation and demand of Ishwardi carrots is all over the country.
Here, farmers and workers are busy picking carrots from dawn till dawn now. After picking the carrots, they washed them at noon. By the afternoon, shipments are being made to different parts of the country by truck.
Farmer Zahidul Islam alias Gajar Zahid, a gold medalist who won the Bangabandhu Agriculture Award in carrot production, has planted carrots in 125 bighas of land this time. He said that bumper yields as well as prices are getting better as the weather is favorable. One bigha of land has produced about 150 monds. Initially starting from Tk. 60-70 kg, now wholesalers are selling at 15-16 taka per kg. He still has carrots in 70-80 bighas of land. He said the price of seeds has gone up a lot. He said the price of one kg of seeds is now Tk 18,000. Due to the local labor crisis, workers are no longer available for lunch and below 600 taka attendance. Sometimes you have to pay up to one thousand taka. He said the cost of cultivating carrots in one bigha of land is around Tk. 40,000.
Siddiqur Rahman Moyez, President of Bangladesh Krishak Unnayan Society said the best carrots are grown in Ishwardi. Demand for this specialty has grown significantly as a result of recent corporate scandals.
Ishwardi carrots can be sold in the store for 10/12 days due to low water content. Do not overdo it. He said farmers were suffering due to lack of vegetable base storage in North Bengal including Ishwardi. Although there are archives in Dhaka and Narayanganj, it is not possible for the locals to store them far away. He said the farmers of the area had been demanding the establishment of vegetable and fruit base storage for a long time but it was not being implemented.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension, the farmers of Ishwardi cultivate seeds of Orange King, Yellow Star and Hybrid Sapal Seed varieties for bumper crop of carrots. Farmers have planted carrots in 890 hectares of land this year as prices are slightly higher than last year.
Agriculture official Mita Sarkar, an agronomist, said that carrots have become a lucrative crop in agriculture. Due to favorable weather, bumper crop of carrots has been harvested this year. The price of carrots in the wholesale market is also higher than last year. So the farmers are also happy. The official said that the agriculture department will continue to provide all possible assistance to the farmers in carrot cultivation.