Many farmers and unemployed people of the region are now cultivating the variety because of
its prospects and suitable land condition.
Already, after meeting up the local demands the growers are supplying such variety of guava to throughout the country including capital Dhaka and they are making profit. As a result, the numbers of growers towards guava farming are increasing day by day.
“Guava is supposed to be the main cash crop in near future in the region as its topography and climatic condition is very much suitable for the crop,” said Dev Dulal Dhali, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), here Thursday.
He says the crop is being cultivated on more than 4,500 hectares of land in the region comprising Rajshahi, Nawgaon, Natore and Chapainawabgon districts. At present, there are over 1500 orchards of Thai payara in the region.
Every year, the farming is expanding to new areas. The farmers are being imparted need-based training taking the issue of interests into consideration actively, reports BSS.
DAE has given knowledge to the farmers on the cultivation process of the variety of Thai payara and motivating them to cultivate more of the variety collecting sapling from DAE horticulture centres. Farmers are happy on the prospect the production of the Thai variety.
Dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific Officer of Regional Fruit Research Station, said Thai peyara is more nutritious than Kazi peyara. It is comparatively big in size and market value is higher than Kazi payara. Per kilogram of Thai peyara is now selling at Tk 60 to 80 which contain only three to four payara.
“Seven months before harvest there are some specific farming management. They have to ensure fertilizer and irrigation for the guava trees. Moreover, they need to bend their trees. When the stems are bent, you get more guavas.”
Nazrul Islam, guava cultivator of village Palpur under Godagari upazila said, “I have been gaining good profit cultivating Guava on Commercial basis for the last several years”.