Jahangir gets success in Dragon farming
Published: 04:38 PM, 4 August 2022 Updated: 04:49 PM, 4 August 2022
Dragon fruit farmer Jahangir Alam; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The greenery of Dragon trees, adorned with pink, red and green fruits, were seen standing in a row at Chaillatali village in Langadu upazila of Rangamati. A farmer cultivated 100 dragon trees commercially on about an acre of land in the backyard of his house. The yield has also been good. He earns up to Tk 30,00-50,000 every year by farming dragons. However, this time he will earn more profit.
We are talking about Jahangir Alam, a Dragon fruit farmer and a resident of the village. He got success in dragon farming.
Dragon fruit farmer Jahangir Alam said he took an initiative in 2011 to cultivate this fruit after seeing this at Raikhali Agricultural Research Institute of Kaptai upazila in Rangamati. Later, he brought four dragon saplings from Rangamati Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Mukul Dewan and planted them on his land. Since then, he has been cultivating dragon fruits every year.
This time also farmer Jahangir Alam cultivated Dragons commercially on about one acre of land in his yard. The yield has also been good. Besides, he earns up to Tk 30,00-50,000 profit every year by farming dragons. However, more profit will be reported this year than every year. He has about four hundred dragon saplings.
Jahangir Alam also distributes and sells saplings to get the people of the area interested in growing this fruit and many people in the area are benefiting from planting this fruit. A dragon fruit weighs from 500 grams to about 700 grams. Dragon fruit is sold for Tk 350-400 per kg.
He added that the promotion of dragons will be increased by hosting exhibitions officially for small farmers in the remote areas in the Rangamati hill district. Marginal farmers of the area will get interested in this fruit cultivation. Dragon farming is very easy and very profitable. “More yields have been gotten with less care. There is no need for fertilizers and no insect attack,” he also said.
Tapan Kumar Paul, Deputy Director of Rangamati Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), said that dragon cultivation has been done on 15.35 hectares of land in Rangamati this time. Production has been 90 tons. Dragon farming is profitable compared to other crops. Fruiting begins within one year of planting. Due to its nutritional value, size and price, this fruit is in high demand in the market.