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Bangladesh: Growers of garlic demand storehouses

Garlic growers of the Sadar Upazila district are demanding storehouses for preserving their produce. Only in this way they can sell their harvests at the right time, for a fair price.

Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Bimal Kumar Dey of the District Department of Agriculture Extension said garlic has been planted on 529 hectares of land in the district this season, with a target of producing 3,075 tonnes of garlic. About 1,300 farmers are engaged in the cultivation.

“I have been cultivating garlic for eight years as I found that it is more profitable than other spices or vegetables,” said Alhaj Acchim Uddin, a garlic farmer of Shibrum village. “During the harvesting period, farmers sell garlic for around Tk 536 (5.23 euros) per 10 kg. After four months, it is normally sold for Tk 803 to 1,440 (7.84-13.07) per 10 kg. But we have no way of storing the produce adequately.” quoted another farmer as saying: “I cultivated garlic on 0.08 hectares of land this season. Last season, I cultivated it on 0.2 hectares and got profit of only Tk 10,000 (97.44 euros) as I had to sell the produce during harvesting period due to lack of storage space. I think the government should take initiative of constructing garlic storehouses, like the cold storage for potatoes. Cultivation will increase as farmers start to get a fair price.”

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