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Flower farming gains popularity in Rajshahi

Flower farming gains popularity in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, Feb 12: Flower farming has gradually been increasing commercially in the region including its vast Barind tract as the growers are getting good yield and price, reports BSS. In the current season, farmers cultivated different varieties of flower including gladiolus, ganda, rose, rojonigondha and gerbera in Godagari, Kakonhat, Mundumala, Tanore, Amnura, Nachole, Gomostapur, Sapahar, Porsha, Niamatpur and other adjoining areas. Officials of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) here said the farmers have been cultivating flower here as they are getting lucrative market price. Kayum Ali, a farmer of Gopalpur village under Godagari Upazila, has changed his fate after cultivating gladiolus flower. In 2012, he made profit through cultivating flower on ten decimals of land first taking suggestion and cooperation of Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer Ashraful Islam. "I have brought one and half bighas of land under the flower farming with expenditure of around Taka 25,000 this year," Kayum said, adding that he sold flower worth Taka 1.80 lakh. "I am hopeful over making profit of around Taka 1.85 lakh in a season and increasing the acreage in the years to come," he said with smiling face. Upazila Agriculture Officer Shafiqul Islam said soil and environment of Barind area is suitable for flower farming. There is enormous scope of boosting flower yield if timely irrigation and fertilization was ensured, he added. He told BSS today that the DAE has adopted necessary measures for imparting trainings to farmers for expansion of flower farming in the region. Deb Dulal Dhali, Deputy Director of DAE, said there is a big market for flowers in Rajshahi, Chapainawabgonj and other neighbouring districts. Gladiolus sticks of different colours like white, red, yellow, scarlet, pink, violet, rosy, lipstick and blue are grown in the same plot, flower growers said. The flower is harvested within 70 days and grows all over the year, they added. Business leaders and Agriculturists have suggested boosting cultivation of indigenous flowers to reduce dependence on import as the demand of flowers has recently been increased sharply in the region. "Due to quality of soil, the region has a diversity of ornamental plants which needs to be scientifically cultivated for promoting export," said Md Muniruzzaman, President of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He said various species of flowers are grown in the region and measures should be taken to cultivate more so that flower can be turned into an export-oriented industry. Dr Md Khalequzzaman, a professor of Rajshahi University, said flowers are the most beautiful gifts of nature and people of all age loves flower so farmers should be encouraged to promote flower farming in the region.

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