April 18, 2021, 8:52 pm

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Hands on the heads of tomato growers in Basail

Md. Sharifuzzaman, Basail (Tangail): Tomato farmers in Basail also have their hands on the bumper crop. Compared to other years, the yield of tomatoes has been quite good this time. But due to the relatively low price and demand of tomatoes in the market, the farmers have to calculate the loss. Tomato growers in the area are also in dire straits due to lack of storage facilities. They are not able to bear the cost of labor to pick tomatoes from the field. Tomatoes are also being thrown away as they cannot be sold in the market. Some farmers are wasting their tomatoes in the field as they cannot pay their wages.

According to the Upazila Agriculture Office, different varieties of tomatoes have been planted in about 20 hectares of land in the upazila. In the past, many farmers resorted to tomato cultivation as it benefited them. Bumper yields have also been expected in this region.
Going to the village of Adajan, known as Shabjibhandar of the upazila, one sees a huge tomato field. The locals have been cultivating different types of crops including tomatoes, green chillies, eggplants, dates, cucumbers, potatoes, wheat and maize in this field. At the beginning of the season, tomatoes could be sold in the market at Rs. It is also difficult to sell.

Malam Khan, a tomato farmer from Adajan village in Shabjivhandar of the upazila, said, “I have planted tomatoes on 60 percent of my land at a cost of Tk 60,000.” This time the tomatoes have to be sold at the price of two hundred rupees each. But last year I sold tomatoes for 600 rupees.

Farmer Sultan said, “It has cost Tk 18,000 to cultivate 26 per cent of the land. I am selling tomatoes at the price of water to raise labor costs, seeds and other expenses.” Tomatoes are also being wasted in the field. Now the hand on my head.

Basail Upazila Agriculture Officer Nazneen Akhter said tomatoes have been planted on about 20 hectares of land in Basail. Farmers have planted different types of hybrid, local varieties of tomatoes. The yield has been very good this time compared to the past. They are being deprived of the desired price due to the last phase of the winter season.

Tangail Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer Shariful Islam said this time tomatoes have been planted on 683 hectares of land in 12 upazilas of Tangail. The government has distributed fertilizers and seeds among the farmers during the Corona period. Tomato yield has been better this time than other years. Tomato prices are low in the market due to good yield.

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