NARSINGDI: The district agriculture officials estimated about 1,50,000 tonnes of vegetables to be produced in the district during the current season due to favourable climate condition.
Shovan Kumar Dhar, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Narsingdi, said that if such suitable climate prevails in the next couple of weeks, 150,000 tonnes of vegetables are likely to be produced breaking all of its previous record.He said some 8550 hectares of land have been brought under the vegetables cultivation in six upazilas of the district this season than that of 7880 hectares in the last year.
Various kinds of the vegetables like lady’s finger, spiny gourd, bitter gourd, koida, cucumber, pumpkin, long bean, brinjal, pointed gourd, puishak, datashak, arum etc grow abundantly in Narsingdi Sadar, Shibpur, Raipura and Belabo upazilas of the district.
Narsingdi district is touted as a vegetables surplus area, usually supplies 35 to 40 percent of its production to the capital and other districts after meeting the local demand.
The DAE has encouraged the farmers to cultivate toxin free vegetables and imparted knowledge on the bad effects of using pesticides and chemical fertilisers on vegetables fields and also gave them training on pest management, he added.
He also said the DAE has set a target to cultivate poison free vegetables on 1200 hectares of land in the district. The farmers are now producing chemical free vegetables using organic fertilisers instead of chemical fertilisers and poisonous pesticides, he continued.
A number of poor farmers in different upazilas of the district achieved self-reliance economically through vegetables farming during the last couple of the years.