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Cultivation of early variety winter vegetable gets popular in Rajbari

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  • 13 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Cultivation of early variety winter vegetable gets popular in Rajbari

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RAJBARI: Vast lands at Rajbari sadar upazila on the bank of the Padma River under the district is now covered with greenery as cultivation of early variety radish is gaining popularity in the area.

October – November is the commonly time for radish cultivation in the country and the vegetable grows abundantly in many upazilas of Rajbari.

Not only radish but also a wide array of winter vegetable is blooming in the region. They are in high demand at local markets as they are free of pesticides, and good in taste.

Apart from radish, farmers in the district are also cultivating cabbage, eggplant, pumpkin, long beans, and cauliflower in areas spanning over 1050 hectares, according to sources at the district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office.

However, early variety of radish, planted in July, has gained popularity during the last three years in Pangsha, Baliakandi and Rajbari Sadar upazilas, said agriculture officials.

“Early variety radish has been cultivated on 120 hectares of land in Rajbari this year. The growers and sellers are happy to earn good profit from the season item,” said Md Mofaqkharul Islam, Additional Deputy Director of the district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office.

Radish becomes ready for plucking within 30 to 40 days.

Iqbal Hossain and Kamal Hossain said they cultivated early variety radish as it earns more.

They said they can do better if they get good seeds and easy term loan from the government.

"We sell radish for Tk 8-12 per kg to the wholesaler and they sell it for Tk 18-20 per kg to traders who sell the item at local market for Tk 20-25 per kg finally the consumers buy the vegetable for Tk 35-40 per kg," said Kanchan Mia, a farmer.

Moni Sikdar, who buys radish from the field and sells to the wholesalers, said, “Now early variety of radish is grown in Rajbari as well as other districts. These radishes look nice and taste good. The radish is sold in Dhaka, Chittagong and other districts."

SM Shaheed Noor Akbar, Deputy Director of the district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office, said, “The agriculture office will provide necessary support if more farmers are interested in cultivation of early variety radish."

Farmers are also receiving fair prices for their produce, they mentioned.

Kiron Mia, a farmer from the Sadar upazila, cultivated radish on 1.2 bigha of the exhibition plots under the local DAE office.

Like Kiron, many others echoed that winter vegetable cultivation has changed their luck by reducing poverty.

Jarina Begum, another farmer from the same area, fared with similar results in radish and another winter vegetable cultivation. She sold both of them for Tk 12 per kilogramme.

SM Shaheed Noor Akbar, deputy director of the DAE, said traditionally most of the farmers were dependent only on farming paddy and wheat, but recently the practice has been changed; instead of farming paddy and wheat thousands of farmers are now cultivating different types of winter vegetables.

Not only the traditional farmers, but marginalized people who do not have any cropland are also using unused land around their house to grow vegetables, he added.