RANGPUR: Thousands of farmers and common people have achieved economic self-reliance through cultivation of vegetables on their farmlands and homesteads round the year in Rangpur agriculture region.
Officials at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said vegetable farming has become a profitable venture and farmers are showing interest in cultivating vegetables under changed climatic conditions adopting newer cropping patterns, reports BSS.Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md Moniruzzaman said many farmers have already changed fortune by farming both summer and winter vegetables in all five districts udder the region.
Side by side with huge government assistance and easy-term agri-loans, many NGOs are supplying quality seed, inputs and technological assistance to farmers to further increase vegetable production during both Rabi and Kharip-1 seasons.
“After getting repeated bumper output with excellent market price every year, farmers are bringing more lands under vegetable farming in the region,” said Horticulture Specialist of the DAE at its regional office Khandker Md Mesbahul Islam.
During the last Rabi season, farmers produced over 8.67-lakh tonnes of vegetables worth Taka 2,170-crore from 39,340 hectares of land against the fixed target of producing 7.88-lakh tonnes of vegetables from 37,729 hectares of land in the region.
“Similarly, the farmers have brought 22,279 hectares of land, 230 hectares more than the fixed production target of 3.41-lakh tonnes of summer vegetables from 22,049 hectares of land during this Kharip-1 season in the region,” Islam said.
“The farmers may get a bumper production of over 3.50-lakh tonnes of vegetables worth Taka 875-crore during this Kharip-1 season in Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts under Rangpur agriculture region,” he added.