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Early varieties of winter vegetables make farmers happy

VeggiesDhaka, 05 November, Abnews : Farmers in the country’s northwest region are very much happy as the avail the scopes of catching the lucrative high price markets of early varieties of vegetables. They are successfully producing early varieties of winter vegetables such as, cauliflower, cabbage, radish, carrot, bit, turnip, tomato, leafy spinach, red spinach and receiving fair prices in the wholesale market.

Officials of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said almost 150,000 hectares of land had been brought under vegetables cultivation in northwest districts this year. The production target has been fixed at 21.5 tonnes for each hectare of land. More than, 2.5 lakh tonnes of vegetables are expected to be produced in Rajshahi district this season, the sources said.

Over 1.5 lakh villagers are involved in cultivating and selling different types of vegetables in the region. Lokeman Hossain, a farmer of Mougachhi village, said he spends about Tk 750 for cultivating cauliflower in one decimal of land and gets 1.5 to 2 mounds of cauliflower.

The wholesale market price of cauliflower is between Tk  1,200 to 1,400 per mound. Farmers are making a profit of Tk 500 to 550 per decimal of land by cultivating early winter vegetables, he added. After meeting up the local demands large quantities of vegetables are being transported to Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna and other Southern districts from different selling points.

Hasibul Hossain, a local trader, said some 15 to 20 trucks are loaded with vegetables everyday going to the capital city and other cities across the country. A truck can carry up to 5 thousands of long gourds. On an average some 80 thousand of gourds are being sent to countrywide markets from Bogra, he added.

Anwar Hossain, a trader, who came from Dhaka Karwan Bazar for buying early winter vegetables. Anwar said he bought some long gourd, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers and other vegetables. He paid Tk 1,600 for one hundred pieces of long gourd and plans to sell it for at least Tk 2,000 at his mukam.

Abul Kalam Azad, chairman of Haragram Union parishad, said more vegetables are grown in the village Thakurmara than any other place in the district. Nurul Amin, deputy director of the department of agriculture extension, told abnews that different varieties of vegetables were being taken to Dhaka, Khulna, Chittagong everyday. Local farmers believe if the government extends its necessary cooperation, production of vegetables can be increased more easily.

Vegetables are grown in all the upazilas of the district but Paba, Mohanpur, Durgapur, Puthiya, Charghat and Bagha have fertile land where yields are much higher, sources said. Jakir Hossain of Chowbaria village said growing vegetable is very cost effective than cultivating any other crop.

 

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