KURIGRAM: Vegetable farmers in Kurigram are expecting bumper yield in early cucumber cultivation in summer season this year and expecting more benefits with the cultivation.
At least three thousand vegetable farmers have cultivated cucumbers in their lands as early summer vegetables as they observed some cucumber farmers got more profits last year, local agriculture official sources said.The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Kurigram has fixed 1,750 hectors of land as target for vegetables cultivation including cucumber of summer season (Kharip-1) this year, even though vegetables were cultivated in 1,742 hectors of land last year.
Recently a field visit this correspondent found busy some vegetable farmers who were talking care of cucumber in their fields. Shah Alom, 40, a vegetable farmer of Shibrum village of Kanthalbari union under Kurigram Sadar upazila, said “I have cultivated cucumber of Alavy variety as early summer crop in 17 decimal of land and am expecting bumper yield. Comparatively its cultivation cost is low in summer season than Robi season.”
“I have already expended around Taka 20 thousand for preparing land, fertiliser, seed, fencing, net-shade, pesticide and labourers in the cultivation. I am talking proper care of the field. I am expecting production around 100 maunds of cucumber and expecting minimum profit around Taka 34 thousand,” Shah Alom said.
Another vegetable farmer Abdul Zalil, 60, of the union said, “I got profit Taka one lakh and 20 thousand cultivating early cucumber in 50 decimals of land in the summer season (Kharip-1) last year. This year I have cultivated cucumber in 17 decimal of land where around Taka 15 thousand has been expended. Sasty Chandra Roy, Additional Deputy Director of the DAE, said, “Farmers are being inspired to the summer vegetables cultivation causing of low production cost as pesticides are applied in low measure to their fields. And they get a good profit than others crops. For this we are providing all kinds of supports.”