RAJSHAHI: Farming of beans has been gaining popularity everywhere in Rajshahi region including its vast Barind tract for the last couple of years as a result of the rising number of commercial farmers of the cash crop.
Growers are seen getting lucrative prices of the newly harvested vegetable apart from various other winter vegetables making the consumers in general also happy at present, reports BSS.
“I had earned a profit of around Taka 60,000 after cultivating the vegetable on ten katha of land last year,” he said with a smiling face.
He has cultivated the vegetable on one bigha of land with setting up stages made of bamboo sticks this season and has been selling the crop for the last couple of weeks at lucrative price.
Islam said farmers spend around Taka 35,000 to 40,000 for cultivating beans on one bigha of land and get yields of 150 to 200 maunds from per bigha on an average.
He mentioned that many of the farmers have also become financially solvent through commercial farming of summer beans in the region for the last couple of years.
Babul Akter, 56, another farmer of Purakhali village, has cultivated the crop on 12 katha of land this year after getting success on four katha last year.
Ahad Ali, a farmer of Kantapasha village, said that he cultivated beans on six bighas of land this year.
“After obtaining my master’s degree, I joined a school. At the same time I started bean cultivation as it is very profitable,” he said.
Abdul Mazid, 35, a farmer of Soipara village under Mohanpur upazila in the district, has already sold beans valued around Taka 65,000 from his farming field in the current season. He has become delighted with the good yield and lucrative market prices of the vegetable.
Mazid has cultivated the vegetable on around one bigha of land commercially. Each kilogram of the vegetable is being sold at Taka 40-45 from his farming field directly at present while it is being sold at Taka 60-70 in retail markets.
He’s hoping to sell beans worth over Taka two lakh from his field this season.
Sub Assistant Agriculture Officer Atanu Sarker told that many people are seen cultivating the vegetable and agri officials are extending technological and inspirational support to the grassroots farmers for boosting the bean production.
Jahangir Alam Khan, project coordinator of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), said the farmers are becoming habituated to cultivating beans on homesteads, demarcating lands of paddy fields and other catchment areas as they are earning money regularly.
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.
Jahangir Khan said the farmers are now not dependent on selling their cash crops in nearby hats and Bazar because the wholesalers are seen purchasing all the seasonal vegetables from the farming fields directly.
Large-scale promotion of homestead gardening is being judged as an effective means of making the villagers self-reliant as they are getting regular cash crops together with meeting up the nutritional demands.