BOGURA: Farmers of Bogura district are happy growing the early winter cauliflower as they are getting fair price of the crops.
A good numbers farmer of Adamdighi, Dupchanchia, Shibganj, Kahaloo and Sadar Upazilas of the district are passing busy time intending and harvesting early winter cauliflowers defying adverse weather condition.
In a recent visit this correspondent found each piece of the winter cauliflower is being sold at Tk 50 to 55 in the wholesale markets while one piece of it is being sold at Tk 80 to 90 in the retail markets.
They are expecting to become self-reliant growing the vegetable spending a trifling capital. The peasants will bring more crops under early winter cauliflowers in the coming year, expect the authority concerned.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has taken a target to bring 1000 hectares of land under early winter cauliflower cultivation this season. The farmers have already planted the high yielding cauliflower on 1100 hectares of land.
Farmer Ranjit Kumar under Shibganj upazila said he has cultivated early cauliflower on 20 decimals of land spending Tk 6000 hoping for a good profit. He has already started harvesting the vegetable and hopes to sell at Tk 40 thousand this season
If the farmers have been provided all sorts of necessary agri-inputs, the farmers will be more interested to grow early winter cauliflower next year. The farmers show more interest to bring the crop land under cauliflower cultivation as they are getting fair price.
Monirul Islam Maruf, a farmer of Sadar upazila in the district, has brought two bighas of land under the advanced variety of cauliflower farming spending around Tk 30,000.
“I’m hoping to sell cauliflower worth over Tk 1.5 lakh from my field this season,” said Maruf with a smiling face.
Additional Deputy Director of the DAE Md Enamul Haque said they had set a target of bringing 1000 hectares of land under the vegetables farming during the current winter season.
Of those, cauliflower has been cultivated on around 1100 hectares of land and the dominating areas are Adamdighi, Dupchanchia, Shibganj, Kahaloo and Sadar Upazilas, he added.
The farmers are very happy because they are getting both lucrative yield and price side by side by selling their harvested vegetables from their field directly.
After meeting up the local demands, two to three trucks of the early variety vegetable are being sent to Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong and Barishal in three days every week regularly.
Additional Deputy Director of the DAE Md Moshidul Haque said the early variety cauliflower has delighted many of the farmers in this region as they have got a good chance of recouping their losses caused by the adverse impact of novel coronavirus pandemic situation and devastating flood.
Farmers are successfully producing early varieties of winter vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, radish, carrot, beet, turnip, tomato, leafy spinach, red spinach and receiving lucrative prices in the wholesale markets.
Hundreds of farmers like Maruf, Ranjit Kumar in the district, including its vast tract, have become happy after attaining good yield and lucrative market price of the early winter vegetables.
He said vegetable farming in both commercial and homestead methods are gradually gaining popularity in the vast tract as many people are seen humming towards the farming leaving behind the high-irrigation consuming crops amid government and non-government initiatives.