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Peanut farming on the rise in Brahmanbaria

  • Published at 01:05 pm April 26th, 2018
Peanut farming on the rise in Brahmanbaria
Peanut farming is gaining popularity with farmers in Brahmanbaria as it can be grown at low costand yields a good profit. Like previous years, the farmers are expecting a good crop of peanut in the current season. According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), vast areas in Bancharampur, Nabinagar, Sarail and Nasirnagar upazilas are growing peanuts as the soil of the area is favorable. Besides, there is no need for extra irrigation making  production cost low. The farmers are growing different varieties of groundnuts on their lands, including Jhinga, Bari, Bina, and Dhaka 1. The DAE set a target of 123.55 acres of land for peanut cultivation this year, but that number is alreadyaround 148.26 acres of land. The farmers of the district got interested in cultivating groundnuts as it is profitable and the harvest can also be preserved for years. Farmers say they spend Tk2,000 on every decimal of land and get 8 to 10 maunds of peanuts from one decimal of land. Peanut farmers make a profit of Tk4,000 to Tk5,000  from each decimal of land with  a maund of peanuts selling  at Tk800. Abu Naser, deputy director of DAE, Brahmanbaria, said more land can be brought under peanut cultivation in the district. The farmers can get advice and also gather information from the local DAE office, the DAE official said. He also hoped farmers will bring more lands under peanut cultivation for high yields and good profits.