Strawberry farming getting popular in N-districts

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Strawberry farming getting popular in N-districts

JOYPURHAT: A worker in a strawberry field at Jamalganj area under Akkelpur Upazila. — FE photo

Our Correspondent

JOYPURHAT, Mar 5: Strawberry cultivation is gaining popularity in Joypurhat and its farmers are making good profit by producing it in the district.

Strawberry cultivation begun last year on a small scale but its cultivation area is now increasing rapidly.

Ruhul Amin Reza, a successful cultivator of Jamalganj area under Akkelpur Upazila in the district and a founder cultivator of that area he is earning handsome profit from his crop for the last 2 years. He now has become a model farmer to the others farmers of the district.

Ruhul Amin Reza, an engineer, has cultivated strawberry on 8 bighas of land this year and is already earning from his production.

Reza told this correspondent that last year he began to cultivate it as a test case but after getting good benefit this year he was inpired to cultivate it commercially and hopes that this year he will earn Tk 2.0 to 2.5 million or more.

The agricultural department of this district said that the soil and weather of this district is favourable for strawberry cultivation.

Abul Kalam Azad, Deputy Director of Joypurhat DAE said that if good seedlings and patronisation is provided to the farmers it may prove to be a good example for other to come forward.

Rangpur

BSS adds from Rangpur : Harvest of strawberry has already begun with excellent yields of the high- valued delicious fruit in northern Bangladesh this season, officials and experts said.

Harvest of the fruit will get full momentum soon and continue till May next as hundreds of enthusiastic farmers and commoners have cultivated the fruit on commercial basis this season in the region.

Bangladesh Strawberry Association launched coordinated strawberry research and cultivation activities involving various seed farms and nurseries in recent years that quickly popularised its farming.

The officials and experts said that Prof Dr Manjur Hossain of the Department of Botany of Rajshahi University (RU) first pioneered the technology and launched strawberry farming using tissue culture method.

Many farmers have cultivated strawberry and already started its early harvests in Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Joypurhat, Naogaon and other northern districts this season.

Many others have also cultivated the fruits at their homesteads and also on their roof tops using the tubs to have tastes of one of the most nutritious and flavourful fruits in the region.

Local people said that commercial basis strawberry farming has already become very popular in Haldharjyote village under Sadar Upazila of Panchagarh paving the way for its further expanded cultivation in the area.

Strawberry expert and Deputy Secretary Mahbubul Alam and Horticulturist Mezbahul Islam told the news agency that the soil, climate and topographic conditions of the region are very much suitable for strawberry cultivation.

Head of Agriculture and Environment of RDRS Bangladesh Dr MG Neogi said that expanded farming of strawberry could open a new horizon in the rural agriculture sector if easier marketing facilities could be ensured at the grassroots levels.

They elaborated how Dr Manjur evolved RU-1, RU-2 and RU-3 (Rabi-1,2,3) varieties of strawberry through tissue culture method using Semiclonal Variation Technology at the Plant Breeding and Gene Engineering Laboratory at Botany Department in RU.

The experts and strawberry grower Hafizur Rahman of Panchagarh emphasised the need for dissemination of the technological ideas and innovation of ways for its expanded cultivation and easy marketing in the region.

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