Farmers in the Teesta char areas are happy following good production of onion this year.
The onion produced in char (landmass emerging from the riverbed) areas is smaller in size but is of better quality than the hybrid variety and even the onion imported from India, traders said.
The farmers said there is high demand of onion produced in the Teesta char areas in the local market.
Farmer Mohsin Ali, 38, of char Isalatpur in Kaliganj upazila, said he got 580kg of onion from around two bighas of land at a cost of Tk 2,000 this year. “I have already sold 300kg of onion at Tk 24 per kg in the local market,” Mohsin said, adding that he got 480kg from the same land last year.
“We use compost fertiliser, not chemical fertiliser or pesticide in the fields and irrigate the land two times during farming onion,” said Mohsin's wife Aklima Begum, 32.
Azizul Islam, 52, said around 65 farmers in the char cultivated onion on around 200 bighas of land this year and happy after getting expected production. “Many vegetable traders also pay us in advance for onions produced in the char lands,” he said, adding that he got 800kg of onion from around three bighas of land against 700kg last year.
Fazlul Haque, 58, of Narsingh in Aditmari upazila, said he cultivated onion and garlic on around five bighas of land this year and got good production of onion. “We need to spend less for farming onion, but we have to care for it properly,” he added.
Mozahar Ali, 44, a vegetable trader at Aditmari upazila's Bhadai kitchen market, told this correspondent that most buyers like to purchase onions from char areas as it is of better quality than the hybrid ones or imported from India. “We sell char area onion at Tk 32 to Tk 35 per kg while hybrid and imported onions sell at Tk 28 to Tk 30 in the local market,” he said.
District Department of Agriculture Extension Deputy Director Bidhubhushon Roy said vast areas of char land are used for farming spices, especially onion and garlic. “Farmers in the char areas got good production of onion due to good seeds and favourable weather this year,” he said.