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Strawberry production becoming more popular in the northern region

Industry: Agriculture & Livestock, Agro

Commercial strawberry growing is gaining popularity in the northern region, especially the large Barind tract, due to its economic prospects.

According to local reports, farming of the high-value cash crop has grown on two hectares of land in the Rajshahi district this year compared to the previous year. This year, the fruit was grown on 12.6 hectares in Rajshahi, 3 hectares in Naogaon, 0.6 hectares in Natore, and 27 hectares in Chapainawabgan.

This year, 12.6 hectares of fruit were grown in Rajshahi, 3 hectares in Naogaon, 0.6 hectares in Natore, and 27 hectares in Chapainawabgan. Many people, particularly young people, have made a fortune from strawberry farming since it is more profitable than many other seasonal fruits and vegetables.


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The Business Post

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Commercial fish farming has huge potential in the river and other open water bodies, which can supplement the government’s attempt to increase fish output in the region to meet its nutritional needs.

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The Business Post

Watermelons available in the capital at the twice price

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Watermelon, a luscious summer fruit, begins to arrive at various marketplaces throughout the capital city. Although the price of watermelon grown in advance is low at the farmer level, it costs twice as much at the retail level.

Farmers and traders say there are still 15-20 days until the main watermelon season begins when supply will increase and prices will fall. A large watermelon weighing 8-15 kg costs Tk 60-65 per kg, while it costs Tk 30-32 per kg at the farmers’ level in the country’s southern region.

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Dhaka Tribune

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