The farmers of Chapainawabganj and some other districts are passing busy time in cultivating various winter vegetables.
The marginal farmers of the districts are busy cultivating different types of winter vegetables during the current season,
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) is providing logistic support in this regard, while Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) is providing quality seed among the growers in many areas of the country.
In Chapainawabganj, officials of DAE said that they have set a target to bring some 9,530 hectars of land under winter vegetable cultivation this time with a production target of 1,57,245 metric tonnes.
The vegetable growers in Sadar, Shibganj, Gomostapur and Nachole upazilas of the district are busy cultivating brinjal, radish, spinach, red-spinach, cabbage, and cauliflower in their lands.
The vegetable growers of the upazilas said cultivating winter vegetable is more profitable than cultivating paddy at this time of the year.
They urged the government to lower the prices of fertilizers and pesticides to reduce the production cost.
A vegetable grower of Nachole upazila said that he cultivated cabbage, tomato and cauliflower as the market value of winter vegetables is higher than other vegetables. His wife also works in the vegetable field to help husband and save the money.
Another farmer said that they have cultivated radish, spinach, red-spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, brinjal and tomatoes in their fields but the prices of pesticides and fertilizers are high while the wage of labourers has also gone up. “If the prices of fertilizers and pesticides had been lower than we would have been benefited more,” he added.
Manjurul Huda, DAE deputy director in Chapainawabganj, said that the farmers of the district are showing more interest in cultivating winter vegetables in their lands as it has turned out to be more profitable than cultivating other crops.
The DAE is providing the farmers with necessary training and suggestions and discouraging them to use excessive pesticides. He hopes that the vegetable cultivation will exceed the target set by the DAE, he added.