Published:  12:13 AM, 13 September 2018

Commercial farming of Arabian date

Considering economic prospect of Saudi Arabian (SA) date, one unemployed educated youth of the district has started farming of the fruit and around his homestead on a commercial basis.

Local sources said that one Tajul Islam of Charkasim Nagar village under Belabo upazila planted the date saplings in his homestead garden in 2014. Tajul collected date saplings and seeds while working in Saudi Arabia. At the beginning, he planted three saplings in the garden. The date saplings grew well. Two of the date trees have started yielding fruits from August this year, reports BSS.

Tajul already harvested 20 kilograms of date and is expecting more 50 kg in the current season. Tajul in the meantime grew more date palm saplings from his collected seeds and changed his lot by selling those at a rate ranging between Taka 1000 and Taka 1500 each.

He also planted over 250 saplings in his homestead garden and other lands. He expressed his satisfaction over the farming of date palm saplings. Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Narsingdi Latafat Hossain said that farming of Saudi Arabian date palm trees in Bangladesh has a great economic prospect.

He said the fruit has a big demand in the local markets. The fruit contains huge nutrition, vitamin and mineral. He said the DAE is ready to provide necessary support in this regard.

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