Potato to be cultivated on 42,000 hectares in Joypurhat

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Potato to be cultivated on 42,000 hectares in Joypurhat

JOYPURHAT, 18 Nov (BSS) – A total of 42,000 hectares of land have been brought under potato cultivation in five upazilas of the district during the current Rabi season with a production target of 9,94,000 tonnes.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, the farmers of the district will cultivate high yielding varieties of potato on 35,000 hectares of land while local varieties will be cultivated on 7,000 hectares this season.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) has taken measures to provide the farmers with high yielding varieties of seeds, fertilisers, insecticides and other inputs for making the programme a success.

Different government and private commercial banks including Rajshali Krishi Unnayon Bank Joypurhat Zonal Office have been disbursing loans among the poor, small and marginal farmers for the purpose, the sources said.

Deputy Director of DAE Delbar Hossain told BSS that all necessary measures have been taken to boost potato production in the district while cultivation of potato on 10,000 hectares of land is already complete.

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