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23 February, 2020 09:36:41 AM
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Noakhali betel leaf growers happy over fair prices

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Noakhali
Noakhali betel leaf growers happy over fair prices

A good number of betel leaf growers and traders are glad with the handsome prices their produce is fetching in local markets. For the past two weeks, a ‘bira’ (unit) of local betel leaf was being sold at Tk. 40 to 45 but is now selling at Tk. 90 to 100. Rasjshi Betel is being sold at Tk. 180 per ‘bira’.  


 
When this correspondent visited wholesale shops and talked to the local growers and traders, he found that they were satisfied with their business in recent days.   

A source in the Department of Agriculture at Kabirhat upazila of Noakhali said 6,000 hectares of land have been brought under the cultivation of this cash crop this year.

Moha Miah, a betel leaf grower of Ghosbag in Kabirhat upazila, wanted the government to provide easy loans through banks so that they would be able to achieve large-scale production.

Another farmer complained that they were not getting any proper advice from the upazila agricultural office. A group of 22 wholesalers who supply three districts with betel leaf from the Maijdee hawkers’ markets also complained that they did not get proper guidelines.

A wholesaler named Masum rued that despite the bumper production of local betel leaf, Indian leaf traders have gained control over the markets.

Wholesaler Mohan Miah said, “For the past seven days, I have sold and supplied betel leaf from Feni, Laxmipur and Noakhali to small traders.”

A trader named Moniruddin claimed that winter is the best for Rajshi betel leaf and good sales.

Jakdis Pal, who hails from Char Ababil, said he has cultivated four hectares this year. He has spent a total of Tk. 25,000, obtained through loans from an agricultural bank and NGOs. However, he is worried about the prices and the repayment of his loan. He explained that he purchased a good number of betel leaf plantations and bamboo straw with this money, but labour costs have gone up disproportionately.

 

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