Maize cultivation has increased in Ghoraghat of Dinajpur, but farmers are happy to get good price in Corona.
Maize cultivation has increased in Ghoraghat upazila of Dinajpur this season. Erie Borough has resorted to maize cultivation as the cost of maize cultivation is less than that of paddy cultivation.
Despite the effects of the corona virus, the target has been exceeded due to good prices. Concerned people say that the farmers here are inclined to cultivate maize due to the loss incurred by planting paddy several times. The current market price is quite good so the maize farmers in the region are happy.
In Ghoraghat, maize has been planted in about 14,000 hectares of land, which has been planted more than the target. Because the cost of cultivating Eri-Buro paddy is high. And since the cost of maize cultivation is less and the profit is more, the cultivators have resorted to maize cultivation.
The target for maize cultivation in Ghoraghat upazila was set at 12,000 hectares of land. However, it has been planted in 14,000 hectares of land. Which has been planted more than the target of 2,000 hectares. Concerned people say that farmers have benefited by planting maize rather than paddy. As a result, maize cultivation has increased.
Maize harvesting has almost started in Ghoraghat upazila. And drying work including threshing is going on in the attics. Maize growers say bumper maize yields have been due to favorable weather. The yield per bigha is 35 to 40 manas. The corn is being sold at Rs. 500 to Rs. 500 in Surrey.