Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Drumstick farming gets popular in Narsingdi

Drumstick farming gets popular in Narsingdi

NARSINGDI: Farmers of Narsingdi district are becoming increasingly interested in drumstick vegetable farming, locally called shajna, as the land is suitable for producing of the nutritious vegetable.

Farmers of the district, with the help of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institution (BARI), are seeing success in drumstick farming.

Favourable weather, moderate temperature made it possible to produce more drumsticks compared to the last few years.

Locals said people like the taste and quality of the drumsticks and the growers are hopeful of good days as demand is increasing across the country.

Nutritionist of the district said drumsticks are rich in calcium, mineral salt, iron, protein, carbohydrate and some vitamins.

Locals said the tasty, nutritious drumsticks are sent from the district to many places across the country, including Dhaka and Chattogram. The price of the vegetable in the wholesale market is Tk 2,200 to Tk 2,500 per maund.

Drumstick is also used as herbal medicine for treating stomach problems, high blood pressure, blood-dysentery, heart disease and other ailments, experts added.

Munira Begum, a college teacher in the district, said she bought a kilogram of drumstick from a vendor for Tk 90 on Thursday.

Habibur Rahman of the area said he had already gathered 30 maunds of drumsticks from his twenty trees so far, adding that a drumstick tree of medium size can produce around seven to eight maunds.

Vegetable grower Altaf of Belabo upazila said he planted drumsticks trees around his homestead and earned around Tk 75,000 by selling 35 maunds.

Mohammad Ali, a farmer of the upazila said he got around 25 maunds of drumsticks from twelve trees and made a profit of Tk 55,000, adding that many people of the area have benefited from cultivating drumsticks.

It is possible to produce 20 to 30 tonnes of drumstick each year from 100 decimals of land.

Dr Md Saidur Rahman, deputy director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Narsingdi said, “Drumstick is a magic crop. It contains all kinds of minerals. Drumstick leaves, flowers, fruits, bark and roots can be used in various ways.

People have started drumstick cultivation commercially, along with mango, berry, jackfruit, litchi and other fruits, he added.

Researchers also say that drumstick leaves are a nutritiously super food. Everyone regards it as a favourite vegetable due to its nutritional and medicinal values.

Drumstick, which has many health benefits, plays a role in the treatment of rheumatism.

In addition, juice of its leaves prevents heart disease, typhoid, paralysis, liver, skin and eye diseases and also increases blood flow.

Each plant blooms within six months of sowing with little care using completely organic fertiliser.