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11 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Bumper productions of banana and their fair prices have brought smiles on the faces of growers in three upazilas of the district

Banana farming changes fate of women in Manikganj
BSS
Bumper productions of banana and their fair prices have brought smiles on the faces of growers in three upazilas of the district

Afroza Khatun is a 45-year-old housewife in Ramchandrapur village of Sutalori union under Harirampur upazila in Manikganj district. Her husband is a day labourer.

Only three years ago, Afroza had to face serious hardships to maintain her family with the scant income of her husband. Even they were forced to stop the education of their three children due to poverty. But now, they have no financial constraint as the cultivation of banana has changed their fate. Women are playing the key role in banana farming in the area, reports BSS.

Afroza said, “I cultivated banana on 50 decimals of land. I planted 100 saplings of the local variety of banana three years ago (in 2014).’’  After getting good returns, she planted 500 saplings of different varieties of banana including Sabri and Kobri in 2015.

In 2016, she planted about 1,000 saplings of banana and in the last year (2017), Afroza planted 2,000 saplings on five bighas of land. She expects an earning of Taka 1 lakh after deducting all costs of farming.

Bumper productions of banana and their fair prices have brought smiles on the faces of growers in three upazilas of the district. Around 5,000 farmers of Harirampur, Daulatpur and Ghior upazilas of the district have changed their life cultivating banana in their land. Most of the char (shoal) areas of the upazilas are suitable for cultivating banana, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials said.

Once the river eroded people of those areas had to lead a measurable life. But now about 5,000 farmers are making unexpected profits from banana farming.

Following Afroza, hundreds of poor cultivators of Haluaghat, Mehendipur, Notakhola, Harihordia and Harirampur char areas started banana cultivation and they are happy to get good production and reasonable prices.

Housewives Rahima Begum of Basantapur, Khurshida of Patgram, Khodeza of Harihardia and Amena of Notakhola village also started to cultivate banana to alleviate their poverty.

The farmers of the char areas collect banana saplings from Jhitka, Faridpur and Manikganj.  Momtaz Begum, 50, one of the marginal farmers of Jamuna Char area of Daulatpur upazila cultivated banana on 90 decimal of land last year and earned a profit of Tk 70,000.

Habiba, Monwara and Rahela of the same area said they are being benefited cultivating banana in their sandy land which remaining barren for a long time.

The local agriculture offices and some NGOs are providing technical supports. They are holding discussions and exchanging views with the farmers and giving training on cultivation of other crops like bitter gourd, sweet pumpkin and cucumber in the same land at the same time.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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