The government is going to embark on a pilot project to ensure safe vegetable production, earmarking two villages in every upazila across the country for this purpose. To make the sensible-seeming step a success, the two villages of every upazila will be bought under the project titled ‘Safe Vegetable Village’ to cultivate safe vegetables.
As a sequel to adopting the health-beneficial project, agricultural scientists of the country have advised the authorities concerned to impart training to farmers, enhance supply chain management and use safe pesticides to make the project viable. After 48 years of the country’s independence, the vegetable production has grown five times higher. Annual production of vegetable now stood at 1.5 crore tonnes which is the third-largest in the world.
However, despite the increase in production, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) itself cannot make it ensure that all the produced vegetables are safe, as there are absence of good agricultural practices in the country. DAE director-general Dr Md Abdul Muyeed said, many things lack in ensuring safe vegetable production. “As part of the government’s piloting project, it has taken experimentally safe vegetable farming in two villages in each upazila of the country”, he said.
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Agricultural scientists have praised such a move by the government and stressed not to use any harmful pesticides. They also urged the government to find out alternative ways, as quite often the indiscriminate and unscientific use of pesticides has led to many problems such as pest developing resistance.
At present, more than 100 vegetables, 70 fruits, and 60 spices are produced representing different species and varieties. Vegetable production is estimated to 2.9 million tonnes from 0.356 million hectors while fruit production is 4.2 million tonnes from 0.142 million hectors of land. Some major vegetables are eggplants, cucurbits, yard long bean, okra, radish, cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, beans, aroids, carrot and leafy vegetables.
According to the Agriculture Information Services (AIS), the country exports vegetables to 41 countries including the European Union across the world. Bangladesh earned $81.03 million exporting vegetables in the fiscal year of 2016-17, it was $673.70 during 2017-18.
Do you want to buy vegetables?
Vegetables are very important for our health. They provide the necessary vitamins and minerals that we need every day. We can find a lot of vegetables in Bangladesh, but not all of them are available at the same time. For example, there is no brinjal during winter because it cannot grow during this season. So if you want to eat brinjal, you have to wait until summer comes again! The most common vegetables in Bangladesh are cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, radish etc. You can also find exotic types like broccoli or asparagus which come from other countries like India or China. These kinds of vegetable are more expensive than the local ones because they have to be imported from another country! If you want to know more about these different kinds of vegetable and their prices then read on...
There is a wide variety of vegetables available in Bangladesh but some people think that they don't taste good enough so they prefer buying imported products instead (like broccoli). This means that Bangladeshi farmers lose money when selling their products locally while importing companies make lots of profits by selling those foreign products here! That's why we should try eating only local veggies whenever possible so that our own farmers will benefit too! By doing this simple thing we can help reduce poverty among Bangladeshi farmers who work really hard everyday just so they could feed us with delicious food.
The major winter and summer vegetables in Bangladesh are as follows:
In the cold, crisp air of a Bangladeshi winters there is no shortage of fresh greens to fill your stomach with vitamins. Cabbages lead all other vegetable crops when it comes down earning points for their healthful benefits from being so richly nutritious while also being easy on our waistlines! Some popular choices include cauliflower due its elegant shape that can take an appropriate appearance even after repeated washings if need be- not much unlike myself sometimes haha!. In addition cabbage hashigh levels magnesium which helps keep blood pressure low among other things; radishes will give you plenty satisfying crunchy textures from both young leaves & stems just alike older varieties do but