PRAN aims to collect 30,000 tonnes of cassava this season

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DHAKA, Jan 6, 2021 (BSS) – The country’s farmers are showing interest to harvest cassava and local business conglomerate PRAN aims to collect 30,000 tonnes of cassava from farmers in this season.

At this moment, about 2,000 farmers are now harvesting cassava under the PRAN’s contract farming.

Cassava is a root crop which is planted in fallow land and hilly areas with a little cost and labor. In Bangladesh, the crop is popularly known as `ShimulAlu’, said a press release.

Mahatab Uddin, Chief Operating Officer at PRAN Agro Business, said, “PRAN introduced contract farming of cassava in 2014. The conglomerate has been encouraging the farmers to grow the new crop under its contract farming,”

He said through the cassava project, the hilly and fallow land are being used and the famers are also being benefitted economically. “PRAN is encouraging the farmers by conducting training programmes, giving financial assistance and providing instruments and seeds at a low cost.”

The Chief Operating Officer also said PRAN’s contractual farmers have harvested cassava around 5500 acres of land this season and the company aim is to collect 30000 tons of cassava from the land.

Farmers of Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Tangail, Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Cumilla districts cultivate the cassava.