Farmers of Khagrachari are showing more interest in betel leaf cultivation since they got its lucrative market price in the last couple of years. Betel leaf cultivation is increasing day by day in the district as the farming provides livelihood for many villagers. Found many farmers selling betel leaves at different local bazaars.
The betel leaves, which were produced here is supplied in different districts. Many people think that betel leaf cultivation is the blessing for them which is left by their ancestors. That's why farmers of the upazila are interested in betel leaf cultivation, said a trader.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension, about 2000 acres of land have been brought under betel leaf cultivation in the district this year. Barek Member, 50, a betel leaf grower of Char Annada village, told that farmers of this village have been growing betel leaf for a long time.
Production of betel leafs in the district on the rise in the last few years mainly for marketing facilities. He also said that about 200 families in the village engaged in the profession. Betel leaf farmer Jahangir Sikder, 55, said 12-15 seedlings can be planted from each plant.
The field of betel leaf is prepared from bamboo, jute and thread. When the plant is 4-5 inches long, then a 5-6 feet long jute stick is placed on the side. The leaves grow slowly and matured for sale after 5-6 months. Then it can be taken to the market in every 8-10 days.
Haradhon, 55, a battle leaf trader in Bhola Bazar, said betel leaf worth Tk 50 crore is supplied to other parts of the country every year."I have been cultivating betel leaf for more than 21 years. At present, I earn Tk 4000-5000 by selling betel leaf in every market", he said.
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