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19 February, 2019 09:24:10 AM
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Unable to sell palm seeds, growers cut down plants

Our Correspondent, Jhenidah
Unable to sell palm seeds, growers cut down plants

Farmers in Jhenidah have started felling matured and fruit-bearing plants of palm nuts, as they could not sell seeds for the past few years. It will hamper palm seed production in the district the next time, the farmers said.

Abdul Latif, a palm farmer of Bazer Gopalpur in Jhenidah Sadar upazila, said he transplanted 300 palm plants on two bighas, spending Tk. 75,000, about eight years back.

The local office of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and a private firm, Tor Development Company, encouraged the farmers to transplant the tender plants.  Many farmers like him transplanted the palm plants, expecting a better “cash crop".

The plants matured and offered nuts. But the nuts could not be sold in the market for want of buyers locally. The DAE advised the farmers to look for buyers at Rajshahi or Cumilla. But it is not easy for the farmers to find out buyers there.

Farmers said the company set up an office at Beparipara in Jhenidah town and was running their business in the area with the assistance of the DAE. They transplanted about 10 palm saplings at the deputy commissioner's office, district council office, fisheries hatchery and some other places in the district town free of cost.

To make the selling campaign a success, they also provided training to a number of unemployed youths assuring them of lucrative wages.

Company head Salalh Uddin had given his cell phone number to the farmers, but it has been switched off for a long time.

Officials of the company fled the area after completion of the sale there.

The farmers said they are facing trouble with the matured nuts as they are unable to sell them locally.

Deputy director of the DAE in Jhenidah, GM Abdur Rauf, said he was informed that a number of farmers had been nursing  palm plants for producing palm seeds in the district.

As it is a lengthy process, the farmers will have to find out a market at Rajshahi or Cumilla for selling them at a better price. The palm plants have the potential to meet the national demand for edible oil, the deputy director added.

BK

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