Muskmelon brings hope and smile to Cumilla farmers

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Staff Reporter:

The farming of Muskmelon sees a rise in the district as the juicy summer fruit brings good profits for farmers.

This year, some 242 hectares of land have been brought under muskmelon farming.

Farmers in Daudkandi, Titash, Homna, Meghna, Chandina, Barura and Debidwar upazilas have brought their land under muskmelon farming as they consider it as the second cash crop after paddy.

During a recent visit to Tamta village near Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Daudkandi upazila, the UNB correspondent found a vast tract of land covered with the juicy fruit and farmers are busy harvesting those.

Tamta village is known as the ‘muskmelon village’ as some 85 percent of its farmers cultivate muskmelon on their land after the harvesting of paddy.

They sow seeds in January and harvest it during March-April.

The haat for selling the fruit starts around 6 am at Tamta village every day and continued till 10 am. Traders from different districts, including Dhaka and Chattogram, throng the village to procure muskmelon for selling those in their own districts.

Farmers are getting good prices for their yield as 100 pieces of muskmelon are selling at Tk 3,000-6,000.

Dilip Kumar Odhikari, a deputy-director at the Department of Agriculture Extension, Cumilla said the soil of the district is suitable for muskmelon farming. Farmers will be benefitted if more land is brought under its cultivation, he said.unb

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