Govt for region-based onion cultivation
Published: 07:48 PM, 24 October 2020
The government has taken various plans to move away from onion import dependence. As part of the plan, the government is going to create region-based farming areas.
The annual demand for onion in the country is 25 lakh tons. In contrast, the production this year has been 24 lakh tons. However, the annual production is about 19 lakh tons, excluding the 25 percent collection and storage deficit. So to meet the deficit we depend on India. As a result, the traders step to market manipulation as soon as exporting stopped.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the implementation of this plan in Faridpur, Pabna, Natore and some special areas will be under the constant supervision of agriculture officials. Along with that, there will be a seed storage system. Improved seeds will be supplied at the root level to increase production.
In this situation, a period of three years has been fixed for achieving self-sufficiency by increasing cultivation. Meanwhile, farmers are also keen on onion cultivation after getting good prices for two consecutive years. After the floodwaters receded, planting of Murikata onion has already started in Pabna and Natore districts.
This time onion has been cultivated in about two lakh hectares of land in 14 districts including Pabna, Faridpur, Rajshahi, Natore and Kushtia. The government is taking initiative to set up cropping zones in these districts to increase production further.
Besides, in Faridpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Gopalganj and Shariatpur districts, 9,41,483 tons of onions have been produced in 83,716 hectares of land. Jashore, Kushtia, Magura and Jhenaidah districts have produced 3,44,723 tons of onions on 30,705 hectares of land.