Farmer Sohel Rana is showing flowers at his garden in Bagha upazila of Rajshahi Dhaka Tribune
A large number of farmers are passing a busy time in farming flowers on a commercial basis as they are getting good yields and prices
A profitable cultivation of flowers is gaining popularity among the farmers in the Barind tract. They are now commercially cultivating several species of flowers on their farmlands.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, flower farming has started bringing a new dimension to Rajshahi’s economy because many people are showing interest in blossom farming commercially in the region.
Amid the gradually mounting demand for flowers the number of growers are increasing as they are reaping more benefits from the cultivation compared to many other cash crops.
Nadim Hossen of Godagari upazila has become an icon in the field of flower farming. He started farming flowers on around four bighas of land in the area.
He said many people had built their fortunes through flower farming as it was more profitable than many other cash crops.
Sohel Rana of Bagha upazila has gained a reputation from farming varieties of flowers like gerbera, gada, rose, rajanigandha and gladioli.
He said the traders purchase flowers from his field as per their choice and demand, making him achieve profits.
The cultivation of gladioli has turned out to be a boon for Kayum Ali, a farmer of Godagari upazila. He said he made a huge profit in 2012 by farming this variety of flower.
“I have cultivated the flower on one and half bigha of land, spending around Tk 25,000 this year and have already sold flowers worth Tk 1.80 lakh,” Kayum said.
He said with a smiling face that he was hopeful of making a profit of around Tk 1.85 lakh in a season and increase the acreage in the years to come.
Bagha Upazila Agriculture Officer Shafiullah Sultan said many of the farmers were achieving success in farming both flowers and seedlings. “We are inspiring the farmers in cash crop farming, besides providing seeds to them,” he added.
A large number of farmers are passing a busy time in farming flowers on a commercial basis as they are getting good yields and prices.
Farming of different varieties of flowers, including gladioli, marigolds, roses, tuberoses and gerberas, is gaining popularity across the region in the current season.
Owing to the lucrative market price, the farmers are getting more involved in cultivating flowers, Agriculturist Sultan added.
Godagari Upazila Agriculture Officer Shafiqul Islam said the soil and environment of the Barind area was suitable for flower farming.
There was enormous scope of boosting flower yields if timely irrigation and fertilisation were ensured, he added.
The DAE has adopted necessary measures for providing training to farmers for expansion of flower farming in the region.
Sirajul Islam, Additional Director of DAE, said there was a big market for flowers in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and other neighbouring districts.