POST TIME: 11 February, 2020 11:17:26 AM
Jhenidah flower farmers eye Tk 2cr profit marking Valentine’s Day

Jhenidah flower farmers eye Tk 2cr profit marking Valentine’s Day

A flower farmer spraying pesticides in his marigold field to protect flowers from pest attack. Independent Photo

The flower farmers in Jhenidah are expecting at least Taka two crore from the flowers they yielded likely keeping Valentine’s Day ahead that to be observed on February 14.

They have been preparing to capture the market and taking intensive care of the flowers including spraying insecticides, checking hormonal materials and irrigating adequate water for a better quality of the flowers.

Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in the districts had advised all of their field-level staffs to stand by the flower farmers so that they are able to harvest quality flowers.

Being asked, farm labourer, Sarwar Hossain who works in a flower pot at Trilochanpur village of Kaliganj Upazila said he has been caring an orchard flower farm on three bighas of land.

Each piece of Zerbera is selling at taka seven to eight, while the same will be sold at Taka 15 to 20 during the Valentine ’s Day. Each piece of marigold, widely known as Ganda will ensure Taka seven to eight marking the day.

The same Ganda is selling at taka four to five now. Some other farmers engaged in flower farming in Kaliganj and Kotchandpur provided the same information.

The farmers in the district have been making preparations to earn a good amount of money marking the day on February 14 and also for the International Mother Language Day or the Martyrs Day on February 21.

They said the farmers have been spraying insecticides and some vitamin-enriched medicines to protect the flowers from the attack of pests and also for ensuring quality. It will also help to preserve the same as hot weather started prevailing in the area for the last few days.

The farmers might receive at least taka two crores during Valentine’s day, said Jhenidah Phul Bisayee Samabaya Samity president at Ganna Bazer under Jhenidah Sadar Upazila.

A source related to the office of the Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Jhenidah said the farmers in four Jhenidah Upazilas bought a total of 204 hectares of land in the season. Upazila wise breakup of the farming was 27 hectares in Jhenidah Sadar, 30 hectares in Kaliganj, 15 hectares in Kotchandpur and 136 hectares of land in bordering Moheshpur Upazila.

They are cultivating Marigold, Gladiolus, Zerbera, Rose, Rajanigandha and some other varieties. Further, a number of farmers in Shailkupa and Harinakundu produce the same at their own initiatives locally.

DAE Deputy Director in Jhenidah, Kripangshu Sekhar Biswas when contacted said, the soil of Jhenidah is suitable for flower farming like cereal crops and vegetables.

The flower farmers have been reaping double from their produces as it has a good demand around the year in Dhaka and other parts of the country. He had advised the field level staffs of the DAE to stand by the flower farmers so that they could not be affected while producing the flower.

He had talked to the district and police administration regarding the loading of flowers in the truckers. The authority had assured of better treatment as the truckers loading the flower ahead of Valentine’s Day, they can avail the ferry services faster, Deputy Director further said.