Agricultural extension officials at a discussion here urged the farmers to bring more lands under maize cultivation for uplifting their socio-economic condition as the cash crop farming more risk-free than any other crops.
Terming the maize as eco-friendly they called upon the growers to be habituated with using high-yielding seeds and modern technologies in getting total benefit from the farming.
They were addressing a farmers' field day of a demonstration plot of a high yielding maize variety at Singa area under Durgapur Upazila in the district yesterday (Tuesday).
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) organized the programme where more than 100 farmers both male and female attended.
Chairman of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury addressed the discussion as the chief guest with Deb Dulal Dhali, Deputy Director of DAE, in the chair.
Upazila Chairman Nazrul Islam, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Anwar Sadat and Durgapur Pourasava Mayor Tofazzal Hossain also spoke.
The discussants mentioned that there are brighter prospects for increasing maize production and the government has put due emphasis on the issue.
The region is viable for huge maize cultivation which can play a vital role in transforming traditional agriculture into commercial one because of its multiple use and economic benefit.
Maize contains high levels of Vitamin-A and its multi-dimensional use including production of corn oil with no cholesterol can help heart patients in many ways, they said.
Dr Akram Chowdhury said maize is being used in preparation of various nutritional foods like corn-well, corn-flex, poultry and animal feed and in several industrial products as well. The demand for the crop is on rise due to increase of the poultry and dairy farms, he pointed out.
"Maize is highly beneficial to human health if consumed, the flour prepared through crushing 70 percent wheat and 30 percent maize together", he added.
Agriculturist Deb Dulal Dhali said farmers both small and marginal cultivate the cash crop in more lands including the vast Barind tract and char areas in the region.
Availability of quality seeds, including hybrid varieties, huge demand of the commodity in the country and maximum profits have encouraged them towards farming maize to a large extent.