During a visit to Hanua, Chandipur, Khalia Helanchi villages, it was found that farmers were busy taking care of their garlic fields
Garlic, one of the cash crops of the country, is being cultivated commercially at Jhapa union in Monirampur upazila of Jessore, which is a potential agricultural hub of the district.
The garlic cultivation has seen a bumper production over the last few years, which encouraged farmers to continue its cultivation, and as a result this year the farmers are cultivating garlic in about 40 hectares of land.
During a visit to Hanua, Chandipur, Khalia Helanchi villages, it was found that farmers were busy taking care of their garlic fields where the green leaves of the plant are strewn all over.
According to the cultivators, garlic plants have already been around three months old and will be ready for harvesting within 10 to 15 days.
Abdul Kader, a local farmer said, they have been gaining profit through garlic production from the last few years.
Seeing their success, many other farmers of the area became enthusiastic about garlic cultivation, he added.
It costs about Tk18,000 to Tk20,000 for cultivation of per bigha land, while the produced garlic in favourable weather can be sold at Tk30,000 to Tk35,000.
Polash Sarker, deputy assistant agriculture officer of Agriculture Extension Department, said that because of the utmost sincerity of farmers and favourable weather, 40 hectares of land of garlic are being cultivated this year.
In the next season, the cultivation might double, he added.
Garlic, which is one of the most spices used in dishes, has a huge demand both at home and abroad, especially in the Asian region.