Banana farmers in 10 south-western Khulna districts have been enjoying a bumper yield and a great demand. The districts are Kushtia, Meherpur, Jashore, Khulna, Magura, Narail, Jhenidah, Chuadanga, Satkhira and Bagerhat.
Sources from the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said 9,978 hectares of land have been brought under banana cultivation in the districts this year. At the same time, the DAE has set a target to produce 15,873 tonnes of banana.
Bananas were cultivated on 8,912 hectares of land last year and 7,913 hectares the previous year. The DAE sources further said banana cultivation is more profitable than cultivation of any other crops.
Farmers are getting more interested in cultivating bananas due to its growing demand and lower cultivation costs than other crops like paddy, jute and sugarcane, said Mohammad Ali, additional director of DAE in Jashore region. Besides, growers usually can sell bananas at the fields and its market price is quite satisfactory.