Sources at DAE said, apart from Sakhipur and Dhanbari upazilas, all the other 10 upazilas of Tangail have produced bumper sugarcane this year
Sugarcane growers in Tangail are passing hectic but pleasant days, as they have started harvesting sugarcane comfortably due to the favourable weather and lesser attacks by insects.
In Sadar upazila of the district, they are very satisfied as the production is going very well, and market is also yielding fair prices.
People from different parts of the country, including Dhaka, Khulna, Jessore, Barisal, Bagerhat, Kushtia, Chuadanga, Jhenaidah and Magura are crowding Tangail markets to buy sugarcane, well known for its high quality.
More importantly, traders said, they can transport it to their destinations easily. Unlike previous times, this time the transportation is easy as there are no troublemakers on the roads.
Jalil Miah, a sugarcane farmer of Sadar upazila's Daina union, said he has cultivated his produce on four bighas of land this season, and it cost him Tk85,000 to set up the farmland, purchase seeds and pesticides, and hire labour.
He hopes to reap a profit of Tk1.5 lakh after all his expenses.
Razzak Miah, another farmer of neighbouring Nagarpur upazila, said sugarcane harvest has doubled this year in his upazila, and he expects a good price for his sugarcane yield.
“I cultivated sugarcane on one bigha this year. It has cost me about Tk25,000 and I hope to sell the sugarcane for Tk50,000,” said farmer Rakibul Islam, from the Sadar Upazila’s Baghil Union.
According to the District Agriculture Extension (DAE), the farmers in the upazila are harvesting a very good yield this time, compared to previous years . This is due to the selection of high-yielding variety of sugarcane, favourable weather conditions and lesser attacks by insects.
Tangail DAE's Deputy Director Abdul Razzak said their officials are constantly working with the farmers at the field level.
Sources at DAE said, apart from Sakhipur and Dhanbari upazilas, all the other 10 upazilas of Tangail have produced bumper sugarcane this year.
While their target for cultivating sugarcane was 559 hectares, it has been cultivated on 786 hectares, exceeding by the target by 227 hectares.
Over 26,405 metric tons of sugarcane was harvested across the 10 upazilas, they also said.
Though sugarcane cultivation demands hard labour, local farmers became interested in cultivating it due to the fact that it yields higher profit than other crops, including jute.