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‘Red N-53 variety of onion cultivation does not require import from India’

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When the country’s onion market is unstable, farmers are busy picking new onions in Chapainawabganj and Chuadanga. They are seeing new possibilities in red N-53 onion cultivation. The production of this onion is more than double that of desi onion. The Department of Agriculture says that if the production of this onion is increased, the dependence on imports will be reduced.

In this context, the Deputy Director of Chapainawabganj Agricultural Extension Department. Palash Sarkar said, ‘I have taught the farmer that onions can be produced at this time. The farmer knew that onions could not be produced during this rainy season. If we are able to grow this type of onion then there is no need to import from India.’

Farmers are now busy picking summer onions in the fields of Chapainawabganj. This year, many farmers in the district have cultivated Red N-53 variety of onion. Where the average production of native onion is 50 maunds per bigha land, the production of this new variety is over 100 maunds.

Onion farmer Sayem Ali of Ramchandrapur of Sadar Upazila said, ‘This year the yield of summer onion has been good. Onions are available from 100 to 120 maunds per bigha. Summer onion cultivation costs a maximum of 45 thousand rupees in one bigha of land. And the onion produced is sold at a minimum of 3.5 lakh taka. As the profit is high, there is increasing interest in summer onion cultivation in this area.’

Another farmer named Mamunur Rashid said, ‘We had no idea that onion pools can be planted during monsoons. But on the advice of agriculture department we plant onion pools in monsoon. Within 90 days the onion is marketable. Now I am marketing onions.’

Directorate of Agriculture says that summer onion cultivation has been done on 4 thousand 500 bigha land in Panch Upazila of Chapainawabganj this year. If cultivation is increased, import of onion from India will decrease.

Meanwhile, in Chuadanga, the farmers have cultivated red N-53 variety of onion. Farmers and agriculture officials are happy to see the yield of this new variety.

Hakimur Rahman, Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer of Chuadanga Sadar, said that the production of Red N-53 is good. The maximum expenditure is 30 thousand rupees. Three lakh rupees will be gained. One and a half lakh rupees will be profit from domestic onion. Agriculture Department is giving importance to high yield onion cultivation to reduce import dependency.


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