Industry

Flower farming becomes boon for many people in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI Many people have built their fortunes

through flower farming as it's more profitable than many other cash crops in

the region including its vast Barind tract.

The flower farming has started bringing a new dimension in the process

of crop diversification in the region as various government and non-

government entities concerned are working to this end.

Zafar Iqbal, 48, son of Ishahaque Ali of Proshadpara village under Paba

Upazila, has set a bright instance in terms of flower farming in the region.

Around three years back, he started the flowers farming on only ten

katha of land and that was the turning of his life.

At present, he in full cooperation of his wife Nusrat Jahan has been

cultivating varieties of flowers on more than ten bigha of lands after

getting tremendous success in the farming.

Gladiolus sticks of different colours like white, red, yellow, scarlet,

pink, violet, rosy, lipstick and blue are grown in the same plot, flower

growers said. The flower is harvested within 70 days and grows all the year

round said the farmers.

Zafar said the prices of the flowers and plants were satisfactory. The

flower fields are not only generating employment and helping people overcome

financial hardships but also turning heads and attracting visitors from far

and wide.

Only in Godagari Upazila of the district, more than twenty farmers have

attained unprecedented success in cultivation of flower commercially for the

last couple of years in the region as an alternative crop.

They cultivated gladiolus sticks on around 30 decimals of land in

Kodomshohar, Bijoynagar, Kadipur and Amanatpur areas.

Under its Second Crop Diversification Project, the Department of

Agriculture Extension (DAE) extended requisite training facilities to the

farmers along with tubers to encourage flower farming.

Abdul Kayum, a farmer of Kadipur village said he got rid of poverty by

farming Gladiolus, Rose and Rajanigondha. Narrating his flower farming and

marketing process he said his success largely comes from gladiolus farming.

This year, he cultivated flower on one bigha of land by spending Taka

20,000 and his sale proceeds is expected to be more than Taka 1.5 lakh.

He added that he will cultivate other kinds of flowers side by side

gladiolus on more lands in the coming years. Shafiqul Islam, another flower

grower of Bijoynagar, earned profit of Taka 20,000 from five decimals of

land.

Although it's a small scale the effort has opened up a new dimension of

crop diversification in the dried area and will obviously inspire more

farmers to cultivate flowers. He said every conventional crop has risks but

flower farming has no risk.

Shafiqul Islam, Upazila Agriculture Officer, said there is a big market

for flowers in Rajshahi, Chapainawabgonj and other neighbouring districts.

He said there is a big market for flowers in the country with an

increase in the demand for local and foreign flowers.

Due to variation in climate, topography and vegetation, the region has a

diversity of ornamental plants which need to be scientifically cultivated to

promote export.

Talking to BSS, he said various species of flowers grow in the region

and measures should be taken to cultivate more so that flower can be turned

into an export-oriented industry.

Shamsul Haque, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture

Extension, said flowers are the most beautiful gifts of nature and people of

all agelove flower so farmers should be encouraged to promote flower farming

in the region.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)