Winter vegetable farming target exceeds in Rangpur region

RANGPUR Being inspired by lucrative price of early

varieties of winter vegetables, farmers have already exceeded the fixed

farming target of the crop in all five districts of Rangpur agriculture

region this season.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers

have already cultivated winter vegetables on 38,336 hectares of land, higher

by 1.67 percent against the fixed farming target, in the region.

The enthusiastic farmers will continue sowing seeds of winter vegetables

till this month-end in the region where the DAE has fixed a target of

bringing 37,707 hectares of land under its farming to produce over 8.14-lakh

tonnes of the crop this time.

Under the programme, farmers have already cultivated winter vegetables on

12,220 hectares of land in Rangpur, 7,280 hectares in Gaibandha, 6,861

hectares in Kurigram, 6,350 hectares in Lalmonirhat and 5,625 hectares of

land in Nilphamari districts.

Meanwhile, early varieties of winter have already appeared in local

markets in abundance making farmers happy.

Deputy Director of the DAE at its regional office Md. Moniruzzaman said

farmers have already harvested early winter vegetables on 5,485 hectares of

land and produced over 1.14-lakh tonnes of the crop with an average yield

rate of 20.88 tonnes per hectare.

Cultivation of vegetables adopting newer cropping patterns has become a

profitable venture in the region bringing huge profits to farmers following

various pragmatic steps taken by the government in the last eleven years, he

said.

The DAE, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), Bangladesh

Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) and different NGOs supplied

quality seeds and provided technical assistance to farmers for successful

vegetable cultivation.

In addition to this, different commercial banks disbursed easy-term

agriculture loans among farmers to make the intensive winter vegetables

farming programme a success.

Talking to BSS, farmers Abu Bakar and Arman Ali of Ranipukur village here

said harvest of early varieties of winter vegetables with excellent yield and

lucrative price made them happy inspiring to bring more land under its

cultivation this time.

Bigger vegetable traders at Taraganj Bazar in Rangpur said vegetable

traders are exporting huge quantities of harvested winter vegetables to

capital Dhaka city and other parts of the country daily from different points

of the region.

Vegetable trader Moslem Uddin at Kanthalbari Bazar in Kurigram said more

than 150-170 trucks loaded with winter vegetables are being sent to the

capital city and other places daily from all five districts of Rangpur

agriculture region.

Farmers are happy getting excellent price of harvested winter vegetables

like tomato, potato, cauliflower, brinjal, 'Korola', 'Potol', bean, 'Jhinga',

'Kakrol' and spices like onion and green chili, said farmer Ariful Haque of

Najirdigar village in Rangpur.

Additional Director of DAE for Rangpur region Muhammad Ali said lucrative

market price has inspired farmers in cultivating winter vegetables on more

lands and predicted a super bumper production of winter vegetables this

season in the region.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)