Early potato harvests carry euphoria to Nilphamari ranchers

An early potato reap has gotten fortune to the ranchers Nilphamari locale as brokers are addressing uncommonly significant expenses for the kitchen staple in the midst of expanded interest in the nation's significant urban areas. 

The common circumstance is dissimilar to past years, when ranchers confronted sequential misfortunes as past loads of potatoes ran out before they could restock during the reap season beginning in January, as indicated by ranchers. 

Moreover, there was a frantic scramble among customers to load up on potatoes in the March-May period a year ago, when the public authority forced a two-month 'general occasion' beginning on March 26 out of an offer to control the spread of Covid-19. 

What's more, this prompted a lack of potatoes, the ranchers said. 

February-March is the ideal reap time for potatoes since they develop 90 days in the wake of planting, said Habibur Rahman, the assigned horticulture official of Kishoreganj upazila. 

"Yet, the ranchers who reaped from the get-go in December will benefit, which is acceptable since we work for the ranchers' advantage," he added. 

During a new visit to different potato creating towns in the area, this journalist discovered trucks destined for Dhaka's Karwan Bazar standing by to be stacked close by the fields. 

Aminur Rahman, a rancher of Putimari town, recruited a gathering of day workers to reap the potatoes he developed on five bighas of land. Then, another gathering of laborers were occupied with gauging, pressing and stacking the tuber crop onto trucks. 

The entire cycle was being done as quickly as conceivable since the dealers were in a rush to arrive at the discount market in Dhaka before sunrise. 

"I began developing potatoes on the most recent day of October in 2020 and spent Tk 1.25 lakh as creation cost to get 10,200 kilograms (kg) of potato after just 52 days," Rahman said. 

"Presently, merchants approached me to sell the reap for Tk 4.08 lakh at the pace of Tk 40 for every kg and I concurred," he added. 

Emdadul Islam, a rancher in Kundapukur town of Sadar upazila who developed potato on three bighas of land, said that selling the vegetable at Tk 40 for every kg was a mind-boggling advantage for makers as in earlier years they got simply Tk 15-20 for each kg. 

Osman Gani, a rancher of Porakot town in Kishoreganj, said that he would have the option to construct a block house by selling the potatoes he developed on ten bighas of land. 

Authorities of the neighborhood Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said that ranchers have just gathered potatoes from 4,000 hectares of the focused on 22,500 hectares to deliver 5.90 lakh tons. 

Obaidur Rahmam Mondol, agent head of the DAE in Nilphamari, said potatoes that are gathered early can't be protected over time as it is devoured immediately. 

"However, it won't hamper the creation focus as ranchers can develop the tuber crop on a similar land twice in a similar season," Mondol added.