During the Robi season, capsicum cultivation in all seven upazilas of Manikganj district has surpassed the set target, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE). The high market price of capsicum has motivated farmers in the district to cultivate this spicy cash crop. Currently, capsicum is being sold at Tk 110-120 per kg in local markets, and most cultivators have begun harvesting and bringing their produce to market. Harirampur, Shibalaya, and Ghior upazilas are the primary areas where capsicum is grown, accounting for over 80 percent of production in the district.
Farmers in these areas often cultivate capsicum alongside onion as a second crop, utilizing the same land. The recent rainfall has been seen as a blessing, reducing irrigation expenses and potentially leading to bumper production. The harvesting season attracts numerous traders, wholesalers, and retailers who collect capsicum from farmers and distribute it across the country. The surplus production has even allowed for export to European and Middle Eastern countries. The DAE had set a target of cultivating capsicum on 3,291 hectares of land, aiming for a production of 6,615 metric tons, but the actual cultivation has exceeded the target with 3,541 hectares of land being cultivated.