150,000 tonnes summer vegetables’ production likely in Narsingdi
Published: 04:37 PM, 21 September 2020
Some 150,000 tons of summer vegetables are likely to be produced in Narsingdi district during the current season due to favourable climate condition.
Shovan Kumar Dhar, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the district, said that if the favourable climate condition prevails in the next couple of weeks, 150,000 tonnes of summer vegetables are likely to be produced breaking all of its previous records.
About 8550 hectares of land have been brought under summer vegetable cultivation in six Upazilas of the district this season than that of 7880 hectares in the last year, he said.
The DAE has encouraged the farmers to cultivate toxin-free vegetables and imparted knowledge on the bad effects of using pesticides and chemical fertilizers on vegetable fields and also gave them training on pest management, the official added.
Shovan Kumar also said the DAE has set a target to cultivate poison free vegetables on 1200 hectares of land in the district. The farmers are now producing chemical-free vegetables using organic fertilizers instead of chemical fertilizers and poisonous pesticides, he continued.
Various kinds of summer vegetables like lady’s finger, spiny gourd, bitter gourd, koida, cucumber, pumpkin, long bean, brinjal, pointed gourd, "Pui Shak", "Datashak", arum etc grow abundantly in Sadar Shibpur, Raipura and Belabo upazilas of the district.
After meeting the local demand, Narsingdi district is touted as a vegetables surplus area, usually supplies 30 to 40 percent of its production to the capital and other districts.