Kurigram farmers shifting to vegetable cultivation

14 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

KURIGRAM: Many farmers in Kurigram have taken up vegetable cultivation to recoup losses incurred during the recent flood.

The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said the three-phase floods damaged vegetables in the district, forcing farmers to count huge losses, reports UNB.

Crops on 17,000 hectares of land have been damaged during the prolonged flood. The authorities concerned have estimated the loss caused by the flood at Tk 140 crores, said DAE sources.

DAE officials have distributed vegetable seeds to 27,761 farmers and already 490 hectares of land have been brought under vegetable cultivation under Kharip-2 (Kharip is monsoon or autumn crops).

Of these, radish has been cultivated on 120 hectares, bottle gourd on 70 hectares, jute on 160 hectares and red spinach on 140 hectares.

Besides, many farmers have planted eggplant and early winter vegetables to earn a good amount of money. During a recent visit, farmers were seen working hard in the fields with a hope to recoup losses.