According to the sources of Agricultural Department of Chaugachha upazila, this year they have set a target at 430 hectares for bean plantation but farmers have grown the bean in 450 hectors as they profited much from bean in the last year. Farmers of the district have cultivated two kinds of bean such as Rupbhan and Ifsha.
Farmers of the upazila alleged that this year they have to face a huge loss due to heavy rain and excessive heat.
Haider Ali, a farmer from Khorincha village in Chaugachha upazila, said: “Last year I had sold bean at Tk4o, 000. To get more profit like previous year, I have planted bean in one Bigha. I have already spent Tk20, 000 in the field but I cannot sell bean at Tk2, 000 yet.”
Ali also said: “Most of our bean seed have been rotten due to downpour. On the other hand, due to excessive heat flowers do not turn as seeds.”
Atiar Rahman, a resident of Chandpara village in the upazila, said: “There is huge demand of bean in the market and price is also very high, but there is no bean in our plant.”
Citing Atiar, Lentu Sardar, Khairul Islam, Abdul Alim and other farmers of the upazila also alleged that, due to adverse climate they have to suffer from huge loss instead of profit.
When contacted, Tapu Kumar Mondal, deputy-assistant agricultural officer of Chaugachha upazila, said: “Due to heavy rain in last few months, lands of the area have become wet, which is not suitable for bean cultivation.”
He also said: “Excessive heat also harmful for bean.”
To get rid of this situation framers of the area demand loans from Krishi Bank with very low interest.