KHAGRACHHARI: Doning Chakma, 32, a poor farmer, has changed fortune through farming pesticide-free brinjal adopting eco-friendly technologies in Gamarydala village of the district.
Following his successful cultivation of brinjal without using any chemical pesticide or fertiliser, Doning Chakma has already earned extensive recognition as a triumphant farmer.Talking to the correspondent, Doning Chakma, narrated his success story of winning extreme poverty through brinjal cultivation on the hill district.
He started searching way-outs to bring solvency to his family, ensure livelihoods for family members and make his children educated.
“I got an opportunity to participate in a training course on eco-friendly vegetable farming last year. The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and RDRS Bangladesh jointly arranged the training course in the hill district,” Doning said.
Utilising the knowledge Doning acquired from the training course, he started cultivating brinjal on 50 decimals of hilly lands. “I applied vermin composts and used sex pheromone traps while farming brinjal adopting eco-friendly technologies without using chemical fertilisers or pesticides. I am getting now excellent yield and profits,” said Doning.
Doning spent a total of Taka 10,000 in farming brinjal on his 50 decimals of land and already sold harvested pesticide-free brinjal at Taka 25,500. Now, the family members are living in peace with three times meal a day and newer hopes for their children. ‘I am expecting to earn Taka 1,00,000 by selling brinjal this season despite fall in price,’ said Doning adding that he has enrolled his daughter to class five and son to class two in a school.
Talking to the correspondent, Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer of the DAE Mohammad Riazur Rahman, cultivation of the vegetables on hilly lands is expanding every year during the winter season. At least 190 hectares of lands have been brought under vegetables cultivation this year, he added.While visiting five unions of Sadar upazila, this reporter witnessed vegetables were huge cultivated this year and farmers are very happy for getting fair prices.
“Considering all these aspects, the DAE is providing training and counseling to hilly people on farming pesticide-free vegetables besides rice cultivation,” he said.
“After getting necessary training and inputs, Doning like many other hilly people have achieved success and they are now known as successful vegetable cultivators on the district,” Doning added.