Commercial farming of high yielding guava has been gaining popularity in the region including the char (riverbed) of the Padma river and the mainland as the farmers reap better yields and get fair market price from the cash crop.
Farmers of most of the char areas like Alatoly, Diar Manik Chalk, Asariadaha, Mazar Diar, Taranagar, Khidirpur, Khanpur, Shayampur and Gargori are seen cultivating guava along with other seasonal fruits and cereal crops on a commercial basis. More than 105 hectares of land were brought under the guava farming only in the Char Mazar Diar village.
Some other farmers including Syed Ali, Humayun Kabir and Raju Ahmed also echoed the success stories. “We disseminate modern knowledge and technical support to the farmers to make the farming profitable and sustainable,” said Iqbal Hossain, Sub Assistant Agriculture Officer here, adding that many farmers became self-reliant through the guava farming.
Agriculture Officer Sharmin Sultana stated that guava farming in char areas is a sign of a vibrant local economy. She added that a silent revolution has been taken place in the fields of Thai Guava farming by dint of its gradually rising demands and lucrative market price everywhere in the region including its char areas at present.
Many farmers and unemployed people of the region are now cultivating the variety because of its prospects and suitable land conditions contribute a lot to diversify guava cropping in the region including its vast Barind tract, she said.