A target has been fixed to produce some 18,468 tonnes of maize from 2,565 hectares of land in nine upazilas of Kurigram in the current summer, UNB reported today.
It is expected production in the char (landmass emerged from riverbeds) areas of Roumari and Rajibpurupazilas would be higher than Nageswari and Bhurugamariupazilas.
Farmers this year are using high breed seeds like Pioneer 30V 92, Elit, Uttaran, NK-40, Pacific, CP-802 etc.
Sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said maize is usually cultivated in the winter season.
Maize production target in the district has been increased this year upon getting its expected yield from the silted soil of the area and to gradually reduce the gap with its demand.
Besides, farmers in the char areas can cultivate maize through an artificial irrigation system.
In the current season, the DAE expects production of 250 tonnes of maize in Kurigram Sadar, 125 tonnes of maize in Ulipur, 350 tonnes in Chilmari, 985 tonnes in Roumari, 500 tonnes in Rajibpur, 30 tonnes in Bhurungamari, 25 tonnes in Nageswari, 100 tonees in Phulbari and 200 tonnes in Rajarhatupazila.
Farmer Anil Chandra Sarkar of KhalishaKalua village under Kanthalbari union of KurigramSadar said he sawed highbred seed NK-40 on 20 decimals of land spending Tk3,500.
He expects to harvest 20 maunds of maize from the field.
He hopes to earn Tk16,000 from sale of the crop at Tk8,00 per maund.
Local farmers said it cost Tk10,000 to Tk11,000 to cultivate maize on one bigha of land.
If there is good production, one can get two to three times the profit.
As a result, farmers are getting more interested in cultivating maize than boro paddy.
Kurigram DAE deputy director Pratip Kumar Mondol said farmers are opting for maize farming due to favourable climate and easy availability of the inputs.