Banana farming generates income for Bangladeshi farmers

Famers of different upazilas (sub-districts) in the district of Rajshahi have gained a solid income from commercial banana farming. The cultivation of bananas has recently gained in popularity across the region.

This year, a total of 1,496 hectares of land were brought under banana cultivation. Last year, most farmers could not generate an adequate income because of the low price of bananas prevailing at that time. Currently, farmers say banana farming is more profitable than that of any other crop. Different types of bananas -including Anupam, Chapa, Meher Sagor and Manik- are being cultivated across the district on a commercial basis.

If any farmer spends TK 20,000-25,000 (€205-255), he can earn TK 80,000-1,00000 (€825-1030) by cultivating bananas per bigha (1,338 m2) of land. It is not difficult to sell bananas, farmers of the district told The Bangladesh Post.

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