Cultivation of pesticide-free vegetables adopting eco-friendly agricultural technologies is becoming popular among farmers in char areas and dried-up riverbeds of Kawnia upazila in Rangpur district.
Being inspired by officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), farmers living in char villages have brought over 100 acres of char lands under winter vegetables farming in two unions of the upazila alone this season.The char people have mostly cultivated winter vegetables and spicy crops like sweet pumpkin, brinjal, balsam, basil, carrot, radish, spinach, squash, onion, garlic, gourd, green chili and tomato on char lands.
Talking to BSS, farmers Swadhin Mian, Asaduzzaman and Srikanth Barman of Char Taluk Shahbaz village in Balapara union of Kawnia upazila said they have cultivated winter vegetables on more char lands this season.
Farmers Tauhidur, Abdul Malek, Dulal and Belal Hossain of Char Harin Sharma village in Tepamadhupur union said they have started harvesting their pesticide-free vegetables and reaping excellent profits following lucrative price in local markets.
Local Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Emdadul Haque said filed level agriculture officials are inspiring farmers in cultivating chemical pesticide free vegetables on char lands adopting latest technologies and agronomic management.
“After getting repeated bumper production with lucrative price of pesticide-free vegetables in recent years, char people have cultivated the same on more chars lands in the two unions of Kawnia upazila this season,” said Haque.
Kawnia Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Md. Saiful Islam said the present government is implementing various programs to enhance production of pesticide-free vegetables adopting eco-friendly agricultural technologies.“Following motivational activities being conducted by field level agriculture officials, cultivation of pesticide-free vegetables continues increasing to enhance production of poison-free vegetables in char areas,” he added.
Deputy Director of the DAE Agriculturist Dr. Md. Sarwarul Haque said farmers are cultivating pesticide-free vegetables using composts and organic pesticides without using chemical pesticides on char lands also like in some areas of mainland.
“Popularisation of ecological agriculture like cultivation of pesticide-free vegetables on char areas with application of bio-fertilizers and composts can also reduce negative impacts of conventional agriculture on public health and environment,” he said.
Knowing success of char people in farming pesticide-free vegetables, Deputy Commissioner Md. Asib Ahsan with Kawnia Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ulfat Ara Begum visited pesticide-free vegetables on char lands in the upazila on Tuesday afternoon.
On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioners visited growing pesticide-free vegetables on vast tracts of char lands in Char Taluk Shahbaz village in Balapara union and Char Harin Sharma village in Tepamadhupur union and talked to local farmers.
Local farmers Asaduzzaman, Swadhin Mian and many others narrated the success they have achieved in farming pesticide-free vegetables with the DAE assistance on char lands on the Teesta riverbeds this year like in previous seasons.
The char farmers informed the Deputy Commissioner that they were earning lucrative profits through cultivation of different varieties of pesticide-free vegetables those have huge demand in local markets.
Expressing satisfaction over success achieved in farming pesticide-free vegetables on char lands, the Deputy Commissioner said the government is implementing various programmes to produce high quality agricultural products.
“The programmes should be implemented properly to enhance production of pesticide-free vegetables adopting eco-friendly technologies in synchronization with climate change to bring more profits to farmers and improve public health,” he said.