Bangladesh: Garlic farmers are not getting fair prices

In Bangladesh’ northern Natore and Pabna districts, the production of garlic is increasing every year. This year, the production there is accounting for around half of that grown in the country. Still, poor wholesale rates are depriving the region's farmers from getting fair prices for their produce.

"Last year farmers cultivated 93,655 hectares of land and produced 669,000 tonnes of the crop," Dr Shamim Ahmed, additional deputy director of the DAE, told The Daily Star. "Production increased this year all because of good weather," he said.

According to the districts' DAE offices, 25,130 hectares of land were cultivated in Natore, yielding approximately 238,000 tonnes of garlic. In Pabna, it was 13,430 hectares and 127,000 tonnes respectively.

A wholesale trader of Chaikola Haat, claimed increased supplies had downed the prices. Farmers say they do not have adequate space in their homes to store their harvest, for which they were selling the crop at a cheap rate and facing losses. They demanded that the government arrange storage facilities so that they could get expected price.

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