NARSINGDI: Snake bean (Borboti) cultivation has brought smile on the faces of hundreds of Narsingdi marginal peasants this season.
Growers are happy over the good production and fair market prices of the vegetable, said wholesaler Ali Hossain of Palash upazila.
A large number of farmers in the char areas are involved in snake been cultivation in the recent years considering its economic aspect.
Farmers usually cultivate snake bean on abandoned lands and on the premises of the house as many used to cultivate the bean on commercial basis.
Farming of snake beans (borboti) has been gaining popularity everywhere in the district, including its char areas, for the last couple of years as a result of the rising number of commercial farmers farming the crop.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources said over 1250 hectares of land have been brought under bean cultivation in the district as a lot of farmers have changed their fortune by growing bean.
Altaf Hossain, a farmer of Belabo upazila in the district, has already sold snake beans (borboti) valued around Taka 50,000 from his field in the current season. He is delighted with the good yield and lucrative market prices of the vegetable.
He is hoping to sell snake beans (borboti) worth over Tk 4 lakh from his field this season.
Large numbers of farmers like Altaf Hossain are now engaged in snake beans (borboti) cultivation commercially considering its economic prospect after the best uses of modern technologies and high yielding varieties.
While visiting some vegetable farms of the district like Shilmandi, Nuralapur, Paikarchar, Nazarpur and Chardighaldi recently this correspondent found that farmers nursing their bean-field.
The plants were covered with massive green leaves, multicolor flowers and Snake beans (borboti). At present, harvested the vegetable have appeared in the local markets abundantly.
Monir Hossain, a farmer of Charbelabo Namapara village in Belabo upazila, has cultivated beans on 20 katha of low-lying land and already harvested crops valued at Taka 30,000. He spent Taka 20,000 for the farming purposes. He said a silent revolution has taken place in Snake beans (borboti) farming in different areas of the upazila.
Snake beans (borboti) cultivation has become an effective means of bringing fortune for many farmers in the upazila comprising 20 villages in the Belabo upazila in both summer and winter seasons.
Marginal farmers and the poor people in the region are mostly engaged in this venture by making the best use of spaces around their homes over the last couple of years.
Large-scale promotion of homestead gardening is being adjudged as an effective means of making the villagers self-reliant as they are getting regular cash crops together with meeting up the nutritional demands.
Dr Md Sayedur Rahman, Deputy Director of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Narsingdi said the farmers in the district are successfully producing varieties of vegetables like Snake beans (borboti), radish, beet, turnip, leafy spinach, red spinach, and receiving lucrative prices in the wholesale markets.
He said the growers are very much happy as they avail the scopes of recouping the losses caused by the adverse impacts of novel coronavirus and devastating flood through catching the lucrative high price markets of early varieties of vegetables.
Md Rabiul Aowal, Agriculture Engineer of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said, “Borboti farming is profitable. We encourage the growers to cultivate the vegetable commercially.”
Getting repeated bumper production a fair market price, the farming of snake bean is increasing radically in all six upazilas of the district as they are getting financial support from the farming.