PABNA, Feb 28: Onion production in the district has exceeded the target, making farmers happy in the just concluded season.
According to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), onion, an important ingredient in the list of spices, was cultivated on 41,092 hectare of land with a production target of around three lakh metric tons.
Of these, 5,380 hectares of land was brought under onion cultivation in Pabna Sadar upazila with a production target of 58,300 metric tons, 1,310 hectares in Atghoria upazila with the target of 13,100 metric tons, 667 hectares in Iswardi upazila with a target of 6,670 metric tons, 550 hectares in Chatmohor upazila with the target of 5,500 metric tons, 650 hectares in Vangura upazila with a target of 6,500 metric tons, 1,040 hectares in Faridpur upazila with a target of 10,400 metric tons, 3,025 hectares in Bera upazila with a target of 30,250 metric tons, 12,710 hectares in Santhia upazila with a target of 12,700 metric tons, and 15,760 hectares in Sujanagar upazila with a production target of 1,57,600 metric tons.
An onion farmer Golam Morshed of Ghughudaha village in Saltha upazila said farmers did not get expected price of paddy and jute last year. Moreover, foggy weather damaged Robi crops which compelled farmers towards cultivating onion on more lands than the target.
Farmers used good variety of seeds this season, while other necessary inputs including fertiliser, irrigation and favourable climatic conditions also helped boosting of onion productions, said Deputy Director of DAE Mostafizer Rahman.