Chilli farmers unhappy in Gaibandha
Gaibandha, 16 May 2015, Nirapad News: Farmers at different char areas under Fulchhari upazila of the district achieved a bumper production of chilli this year. But they are not happy as there are fewer customers in the markets and low price of their produce this year.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources said they targeted to bring 774 hectares of land in the Upazila under chili cultivation this year. Later, the target was achieved by the motivational programs of field level officials, particularly sub-assistant agriculture officers and the NGO officials to the farmers, and availability of agro inputs.
The harvest of chilli is going on in full swing in the upazila. Per maund (40-kg) of dried chilli is being sold between Tk 3,000 and 3,500 in local markets but the same was sold at Tk 5,000-5,200 last year.
Many chili growers informed the correspondent about the low price of chili from the last week.
Azahar Ali, a chilli grower of Erendabari union in the upazila, said they could not afford the production cost let alone profit against the produce.
“If the price of chilli is not increased immediately, the growers would incur losses. As a result, farmers would lose their interest to farm it in the next seasons,” he added. Abdul Matin Mondal, chairman of Erendabari union parishad, said hundreds of char dwellers cultivated chili this year in a bid to earn economic benefit but low price of the variety frustrated them. Despite the low price, the growers were compelled to sell the produce to meet the family expenses including the study cost of their children, the chairman added.
Fulchhari Upazila Chairman Habibur Rahman said the government or private companies should come forward and construct cold storage here to store the agro-produces.
However, the farmers urged the authority concerned to take necessary measures in this regard so that they could sell their produce at reasonable rate like the previous years.