‘Farmers’ Market’ to sell safe vegetables in city

ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman

6 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Pesticide and chemical-free vegetables will be available every Friday and Saturday at a weekly marketplace on the premises of Sech Bhaban in Manik Mia Avenue in the capital. 

The Department of Agriculture Marketing has set up the ‘Farmers’ Market’ under the supervision of the Agriculture Ministry. Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak will inaugurate the market on Friday at 10:00 am.

Mohammad Yousuf, Director General of Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM), told the Daily Sun that the market will open at 7:00 am every Friday and Saturday.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) will ensure the quality and certify the standard of pesticide and chemical-free safe vegetables available at the market, he said.

The vegetables will go through a lab test by BFSA before arriving at the market, he added.

DAM will bring vegetables directly from the farmers of Savar, Manikganj, Narshingdhi and Munshiganj districts; officials said, adding that the vegetables will be collected from farmers at a collection point in each sourcing Upazila.

“The vegetables will be transported to the market by our tripper vans,” said the DG of Department of Agricultural Marketing.

A total of seven tripper vans will bring vegetables from eight Upazilas and 12 shops will be set up at the Farmer’s Market.

The market will allow the farmers to sell their produce to the consumer directly without needing to involve any middlemen.

More branches of the ‘Farmers Market’ will be set up across the country including capital based on the success of this first venue, officials said. The DAM is planning to set up safe vegetable and food corners in each district with the help of District Administration, they informed.

Bangladesh currently ranks third among the countries with the highest vegetable production growth in recent years. The country’s vegetable production stood at 172.472 lakh tonnes in FY 2018-19, according to official figures. Over 1.62 crore farmers cultivate 156 types of vegetables across the country. Vegetables’ production has increased five-fold since the country’s independence in 1971.