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'Kul' farming makes Mantu self-reliant in Rangpur
RANGPUR, Mar 17 (BSS) - Zikrul Hasan alias Mantu Mian has set up a unique example in achieving economic self-reliance through farming different varieties of 'Kul' (jujube) in village Chapabari under Pirganj upazila during the past four years.

He began 'Kul' cultivation in a tiny piece of land in 2008
when he got excellent production of Baukul (a variety of jujube
evolved by Bangladesh Agriculture University) and price that
encouraged him in the venture.

"Since 2009, I continued expanding 'Kul' cultivation and
expect to harvest 600-maund Baukul, Applekul and Narikelkul worth
Taka 10-lakh from two acres land this season," Mantu Mian said.

Besides, he has already earned Taka 1.50 lakh by selling
produced brinjal and green chilly and expects to earn more Taka
one lakh by selling pumpkin cultivated in the same land as relay
crops this season.

Talking to BSS, Mantu Mian said he has spent Taka four lakh
this season in cultivating three varieties of 'Kul' along with
brinjal, green chilly and sweet gourd as intercrops in his two
acres land.

"I started selling harvested 'Kul' at Taka 2,200 per maund
(every 40 kgs) in the beginning of this season and expect to sell
the produce at Taka 10 lakh in total though the price has marked
little fall at this season end now," he said.

A confident Mantu Mian said he is expecting a net profit of
Taka 8.50 lakh this season after selling all of the harvests of
'Kul' brinjal, green chilly and sweet gourd this season from his
two-acre orchard.

"I am expecting to earn more Taka 20,000 by selling the
unnecessary woods of 'Kul' trees after the harvest ends by this
month end," Mantu Mian said adding that his success has been
attracting many others in cultivating 'Kul'.

Talking to BSS today, Horticulture Specialist Khandaker Md
Mesbahul Islam of the Department of Agriculture Extension here
said Mantu Mian has become the biggest private sector 'Kul'
producer in the district.

"Many people are being attracted towards high-priced 'Kul'
farming following the footsteps of Mantu Mian and officials of
the DAE and other concerned departments are extending necessary
assistances to them," he said.

Renewed agri-scientist Dr MA suggested the small and
marginal farmers, women and commoners for cultivation of high-
priced and quick growing fruits like 'Kul' in their orchards and
homesteads to change their fates in shorter period.
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