Integrated farming becoming popular in Rajshahi
At least half a dozen vegetables can be cultivated in sugarcane lands in Rajshahi region if it is brought under integrated farming, a senior agriculture official said.
Younus Ali, additional director of Department of Agriculture Extension of Rajshahi, said a total of 16,453 hectares of land came under sugarcane cultivation, up 15,500 hectares a year ago.
He also said a variety of crops including maize, wheat, potato and onion can be produced in the sugarcane cropping land, provided weather is favourable.
Mr. Ali said sugarcane cultivation contributes more to the farm output because sugar and gur come from it.
He told the FE last week that soil quality, land and irrigation facility are important factors for boosting sugarcane production.
He noted that at least Tk 50,000 could be earned from one bigha of land by cultivating onion after the harvest of sugarcane.
Officials said this year cultivation of winter vegetables in the area expanded due to favourable weather, fair price and improved transport facilities.