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8,850 hectares brought under winter vegetable cultivation in Naogaon

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  • 22 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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8,850 hectares brought under winter vegetable cultivation in Naogaon

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NAOGAON: The Depart-ment of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in the district has set a target of bringing some 8,850 hectares of land under winter vegetables farming in the current Robi season.

DAE sources said of the total 8,850 hectares, about 5,800 hectares of land have already been brought under the cultivation.

The cultivating vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, pumpkin, spinach, radish, carrot, cucumber, brinjal, tomato, bean, cowpea, etc, the sources added.

Md Shamsul Wadud, Deputy Director of Naogaon DAE said, farmers are very hopeful about vegetables farming this year due to fair prices and plentiful demand.

“We are trying to increase vegetable cultivation areas in the district each year by providing the peasants with necessary supports and suggestions”, he added.

Farmers in the district are busy cultivating winter vegetables for getting lucrative profit as the earlier they can market their produce the more profit they can earn.

District Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Additional Deputy Director Md Shamim Iqbal said they have set a target to cultivate winter vegetables on 5,850 hectares of land this year, which is 4550 hectares higher than last year, as the area is regarded as one of the best vegetable producing areas in the region.

The most popular winter vegetables are cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, bean, radish, brinjal, ladies finger and also different kinds of leafy vegetables, he added.

Visiting vegetable producing villages like Atrai, Niamatpur, Patnitala and Manda upazilas, this correspondent found many farmers weeding cauliflower or cabbage fields, some planting tomatoes and some taking care of seedbeds.

“Cultivating winter vegetables is challenging as it is cultivated from mid-August instead of usual cultivating time in November. For this, farmers have to protect their tender vegetable plants from heavy rainfall by covering them with polythene sheets and spraying additional pesticide to combat paste attack,” said many farmer of the district.

“I cultivated 9,000 saplings of cauliflower this year on three bighas of land in mid-September with expenditure of around Tk 45,000 and expect to get Tk 1.50 lakh by selling each sapling for Tk 20 on average in mid-October. I cultivated it last year and got as much profit,” said Jashim Uddin of Bisha village.

“I cultivated bean on one bigha of land and hope to sell the vegetable for around Tk 85,000 in October and November, while the expenditure was about Tk 35,000,” said Razaul Karim, of Bhopara village under Atrai Upazila.

“I cultivated leafy vegetable red amaranth on one bigha of land and have a plan to cultivate this variety three times consecutively on the same land in the same season as it takes only one month to be ready for selling, giving me a total earning of Tk 55,000,” said Jakir Hossain, of Maniari village in the upazila.

A resident of Hatkalupara village under the upazila, Ali has developed himself as a potential vegetable farmer in the region. He has cultivated cabbage on four bighas of land, papaya on one bigha and brinjal on three bighas of land.

“I have been selling cabbage at Tk 20-25 per piece and brinjal at Taka 70-80 per kilogram from my land directly for the last couple of weeks,” Ali said, adding that the selling price has delighted him very much.

His co-villager Alamin, has brought three bigha of land under papaya, brinjal and cabbage each and he’s happy with his sale-proceeds.

Hundreds and thousands of farmers like Alamin, Ali and Karim in the area have become happy after attaining good yield and lucrative market price of the winter, said Md Shamim Iqbal Additional Deputy Director of the DAE.