Published:  12:15 AM, 09 October 2017

Pumpkin cultivation turns boon in Panchagarh

Pumpkin cultivation has changed the socio-economic conditions of many farmers of Panchagarh district in the recent years. A large number of farmers have engaged themselves in the cultivation of high yield variety (HYV) of pumpkin considering its economic prospect.

People of the district cultivate pumpkins at fields as well as on the premises of their houses finding it profitable. The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) office sources said a total of 900 hectares of land was brought under pumpkin cultivation in all the five upazilas of the district, reports BSS.

Halim Uddin, a farmer of Ramganj Bilashi under Debiganj upazila, is one of the successful pumpkin growers. He cultivated HYV pumpkin on 30 decimals of land. He is expecting to earn over Taka 40,000 this season selling pumpkins.

Halim Uddin said HYV pumpkin seeds can be sowed at any time round the year. But the high time is from the Bengali months of Ashar to Falgun. Harvesting of the vegetable begins after only two months of the sowing.

-AA Countrywide Desk

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