Staff Correspondent: The demand for potatoes produced in different areas of Bangladesh is increasing in different countries of the world. Now Sherpur’s potatoes are going to be exported to Malaysia, Russia and Sri Lanka. As delicious chips and French fries are made with potatoes, the demand for potatoes is increasing day by day abroad. This year it will be possible to export about 200 tons of potatoes from Sherpur to meet the local demand.
Sherpur District Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said that this year the target of potato cultivation is set at 5,110 hectares. However, the plantation has been much more than this. In Sadar, Nakla, Nalitabari, Sreebardi, and Jhenaigati upazilas, 88,774 tons of potatoes have been harvested on 5,222 hectares of land. The market price of these produced potatoes is Tk 188.54 crore.
The scene of picking potatoes in the field of Sherpur is visible. They are also expecting more profit as the yield is good. Potato cultivation is increasing day by day due to low cost and high profit.
DAE’s additional deputy director Dr. Humayun Kabir said that the target of potato cultivation was set at 5,110 hectares this year. However, this target has been exceeded. Potato cultivation and production increased as we trained farmers in various ways.
Md. Khalilur Rahman, district deputy director of Sherpur BADC, said that it will be possible to export about 200 tons of potatoes to Malaysia, Russia and Sri Lanka this year by meeting the local demand. The interest of the farmer is also increasing as the profit in potato cultivation is high.
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