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Dhaka, Monday 21 Jan, 2019

Almond's smile on desert

Jeshore CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com
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Farmers are cultivating Chinese nuts in a large number of abandoned lands in Chougachha of Jeshore. They are also benefiting from it.

Once upon a time the peasants of these lands did not pay the land tax. Most lands would have been used as grassland for livestock animals. Now the importance of the land increased significantly. Farmers are now harvesting all kinds of vegetables including all kinds of vegetables.

According to the data of the Agriculture Department, Chinese nuts have been planted in 100 hectares of land in the upazila's Eisalmari, Jagadishpur, Hameikpur, Narayanpur and Patibila areas.

Five years ago these lands had fallen. However, on the basis of this land, farmers are cultivating Chinese almond cotton, Chinese potato and vegetables on a commercial basis. Grains are good. Especially, the cultivation of Chinese almonds has become very beneficial in these lands last year. That's why the Chinese nut cultivation has increased.

Farmer Shahidul Islam Khokon of the village of Eilshmari said, he cultivated Chinese almond on 3 bighas of land. Now he hopes remarkable benefit.

Besides, Asadul Islam Member 7 Bigha, Lentu 8 Bigha, Malek 5 Bigha, Labai Mandal have cultivated this Chinese nut in 7 Bighas of land.

Farmer Shahidul Islam Khokon said nut cultivation is very profitable. One bigha land cost only 4/5 thousand taka. Now the nut collection has been started. The yield is 7/8 mount grains per bigha. I am selling four thousand taka per mount.

Asadul Islam member said, due to having sandy soil there would not have been much crops in the area. Many people would sale sands from their land. At present, farmers have begun cultivation of Chinese nut instead of sand by digging the land. Farmers' farming style has changed because of changes in the farming methods.

Taposh Kumar, deputy assistant officer of Upazila Agriculture Department, said the farmers were advised regularly. As the cost is relatively low, the farmers are cultivating Chinese nut in sandy fields. In the Kharif-2 season, Chinese nuts have been cultivated in 85 hectares of land. In this season, 2 Chinese-made varieties of Dhaka-1 and Dhaka-2 have been cultivated.

Upazila Agriculture Officer Raich Uddin said that Chinese nuts have considerable importance as oil crops. Almond oil is eaten in America, Denmark, Canada and even neighboring countries of India. Almond oil contains enough food ingredients; which is tolerable for the body.


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