Jhenaidah flower businessmen hope huge profits in February
There is no one who does not love flowers. So, there is a demand of flowers less or more throughout the year. Now, it is the full season of flowers. Besides, there are three big festivals in the next month. Pohela Falgun will be observed on February 13, Valentines Day on February 14 and International Mother Language Day on February 21. There is a huge demand of flowers across the country on the occasion of these three mega events. And so, the flower businessmen of Jhelidah's Kaliganj are hoping to make a good profit by selling flowers on these days of coming month.
This silent revolution of flower cultivation has happened in Kaliganj upazila of the district. Many farmers are changing their fate by taking flower farming as a profession instead of farming in the field. Hundreds of farmers in the upazila are involved in the cultivation of flowers. The flower businessmen of the country, including the flower market of Shahbagh in the capital, have to depend on flowers cultivated in Kaliganj. The demand of flowers is increasing day by day.
According to sources at Jhenaidah Agricultural Office, flowers of different varities are cultivated on about 2,50,000 hectares of land in the six upazilas of the district. Most of the flowers are cultivated in various villages, known as Fulpalli of Kaliganj Upazila, that includes Balianga, Elochanpur, Kola and Naldanga. In the current season, flower has been cultivated in 100 hectares of land in this upazila.
Talking to Rtv Online, Motaleb Hossain, a flower farmer of Beledanga village, said he used to spend Tk25,000 to Tk30,000 for cultivating flowers on one bigha of land. If he gets a good price, he will count a profit of Tk one lakh. For this, the rate of flower cultivation is increasing day by day, he said.
Kaliganj agricultural officer Jahidil Kabir said they regularly train the farmers to cultivate flowers. That is why, the farmers are benefiting properly by cultivating flowers. There is a huge potential for flower cultivation in the local flower markets. Every day a huge amount of flowers are being sold that is fulfilling the demand of flowers in different parts of the country, including the capital.
If flowers are reserved during off season, farmers will be able to play a major role in achieving economic prosperity of the country, they said.