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Good yield, fair prices bring relief to wheat farmers

Shaheen Rahman, Pabna

Published: 08:21, 21 April 2024

Good yield, fair prices bring relief to wheat farmers

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Farmers in Chatmohar, Pabna, are beaming with joy as they have achieved a good yield and price for wheat. They have already harvested wheat without any hindrance. This year, wheat farmers have earned almost ten thousand taka per bigha.

According to Upazila Agriculture Office sources, this year the target of wheat cultivation in Chatmohar Upazila was on 3,550 hectares of land. Wheat was cultivated in 3,710 hectares of land, which is 240 hectares more than the target. The average yield per hectare was found to be about 3.84 metric tonnes. On that account, the production of wheat in the upazila is about 14 thousand 246 metric tonnes.

Bakul Hossain, a wheat farmer from Ramnagar village in the upazila, shared insights into the economics of wheat cultivation. He mentioned that the total cost of cultivation, including seeds, fertilisers, irrigation, weed removal, pesticides, and labour, amounts to approximately 7000 taka per bigha. With a yield of ten to eleven maunds per bigha, farmers like him are now reaping the benefits. Given the current market price of wheat at Tk 1,600 per maund, farmers are enjoying a slight profit margin, averaging around ten thousand taka per bigha.

Rezaul Karim, a wheat farmer, said that he spent eight thousand taka on wheat cultivation in one bigha of land. He got 11 and a half maunds of wheat. The market price of which is about 19 thousand taka.

He also said that this time the farmer got about ten thousand taka profit per bigha in wheat cultivation. However, those who cultivated as a sharecropper or cultivated on lease from others did not make that much profit.

Chatmohar Upazila Agriculture Officer A A Masum Billah said that wheat cultivation of Bari-30, Bari-32, Bari-33, WMRI-1, WMRI-2 and WMRI-3 varieties is more common in Chatmohar. This year the weather was favorable for wheat cultivation. Farmers are getting good prices along with good yields.