The cultivation of maize has been on the rise among marginal farmers in Thakurgaon, northern Bangladesh, due to its higher yield and better prices compared to other crops. This year, maize cultivation has reached a record high in the district, surpassing the past five years. However, despite the increase in cultivation, maize farmers are dissatisfied this time around. The region’s favorable climate for corn cultivation and the higher demand and prices for maize have led farmers to prioritize this crop over others.
The Department of Agricultural Extension in Thakurgaon reports that maize cultivation has expanded over the years, with a target production of 385,000 metric tons this season. However, farmers express concerns about the current low market prices of maize, which hinder their profitability. They highlight the high costs of inputs such as fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, and labor, and call for higher prices to incentivize maize cultivation. Maize traders confirm the decline in prices compared to the previous season. While maize cultivation continues to grow due to its high yield and demand, farmers hope for improved market prices and government support to make maize farming more profitable.