Brinjal growers in the district are happy as they are getting expected production and prices of the vegetable this year, with hope to recoup their losses incurred due to damage to their crops caused by prolonged flood.
Jitendranath Barman, 46, of Durakuti village in Sadar upazila, said they are selling brinjal at Tk 1,500 to Tk 1,800 per maund (40 kg) to middlemen in the field, whereas it was Tk 900 to Tk 1,000 last year. “We are getting expected production of brinjal due to favourable weather after the flood,” he said, adding that brinjal plants on one third of his eight bighas of land were damaged by the recent flood.
Jahangir Alam, 38, of the same village, said growers spent Tk 15,000 to Tk 17,000 for farming brinjal on one bigha of land and got 30 maunds to 35 maunds of yield. “Brinjal farming is profitable for us if we get favourable weather,” he said, adding that he cultivated brinjal on six bighas this season.
“We have to spend extra for farming brinjal as we need to use additional pesticides and insecticides after the flood,” said Sohrab Hossain, 56, of Fulgachh village. “I cultivated brinjal on seven bighas but the plants on two bighas were damaged by the recent flood,” he said, adding that he sold 15 maunds at Tk 1,600 per maund in the field in the last one week.
“After recouping our losses due to flood, we will earn good profit by selling brinjal this year due to high prices and expected production,” said Narayan Chandra Sen, 55, of Chaparhat village in Kaliganj upazila.
Vegetable trader Nur Islam, 45, of Kumrirhat market in Aditmari upazila, said they are selling brinjal now for Tk 52 to Tk 55 per kg in the market. “We purchase one maund of brinjal for Tk 1,900 to Tk 2,000 from the middlemen,” he said.
Middleman Zahirul Islam, 50, of the same market, said they sell brinjal to the retailers and get profit of Tk 150 to Tk 200 per maund. “We also send brinjal to Dhaka and other places of the country,” he said.
District Department of Agriculture Extension Deputy Director Bidubhushon Roy said brinjal has been cultivated on 1,900 hectares of land in five upazilas this year.
The overall weather is helpful for vegetable farming, so farmers are getting expected production and good prices after the flood, he added.