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The official activities of Horticulture Centre (HC) under the Ministry of Agriculture have been continuing in Gaibandha since March, 2018 amid much enthusiasm to the concerned, reports BSS.
Office sources said the present government took a decision to set up 9 HCs in addition to 77 ones across the country under Yearly Round Fruit Production for Nutrition Improvement Project designed for five years till June 2021.
Accordingly, the HC was established here in March last year and since then, the activities have been going on at the old office of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) at Khamarbari of the town on temporary basis.The permanent Bhaban for the HC is being built on 15.46 acres of land of Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) campus located at Bangla Bazar on V-AID Road of the town and the construction work is nearly completion, sources said.Office building, training centre, mother plants orchard and sapling production orchard will have in the HC, said an official.Senior horticulturist Dr. Saykhul Arifin said the main objective of the HC establishment here is to produce fruits all the year round to meet the demand of nutrition side by side with women empowerment and creating working opportunities to eradicate poverty.
Generally, almost all the fruits like mango, blackberry, jackfruit and lichi are available in Bangla three months-Baishakh, Joistho and Ashar and the fruits are not available in rest nine months of the year, he also said. They would take initiatives to produce early and late varieties of fruit through selling the saplings of the early and late varieties trees to the people so that they could get fruits from the trees the rest nine months of the year, he added.
Apart from it, they would set up demonstration plots and arrange field day for the farmers to make them interested to establishing fruits orchard on their land, he further added.They would sell the saplings of mango, coconut (Vietnam), Thai peara, dragon fruit and persimmon fruit from the HC to the people in subsidized price; he said adding that they would also provide technological support to any entrepreneurs to set up orchards.
Dr. Saykhul Arifin expressed his gratefulness to whip of the Jatiya Sangsad and local lawmaker Mahabub Ara Begum Gini as all credit went to her because she cooperated cordially and played significant role in establishin