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Gladiolus-Gerbera farming commercially viable

Magura CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com
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Foreign flowers Gladiolus and Gerbera are becoming popular in Magura. The flower is now commercially cultivated at Belnagar village of sadar upazila.

These flowers look like a sunflower but small in size and very attractive. The exotic variety of flowers has eight colors including red, white, yellow, pink etc. After taking the flowers out of the field, the flower is fresh for 10 to 15 days. That is why the demand for flowers in the market is high.

Asadul Islam, a garden owner said, “The Gerbera flower is very interesting to see. At the beginning of the production, I bought flower seeds from Burma and I planted this in my garden. Initially, the cultivation begins on one acre of land.”

“Later, when the demand for this flower is increased, then I cultivated it in two acres of land. The flower is filled with 18 colors. Due to color and diversity, the flower is attractive to all,” he also said.

Asadul Islam said that this flower can be cultivated in winter, summer and autumn seasons. “Tk 1 lakh was spent on one acre of land. One stick of the flower is sold at Tk 12-15. Every month, I earn about Tk 6-7 lakhs from the flowers of these two gardens.”

He further said, “The flowers are used in different social events, including national events of Bangladesh. About 2000 flowers are taken from my garden every day. Then the flowers are prepared with thin polythene tops. Then they were sent to Agargaon in Dhaka. The flowers are sent daily. Currently, three employees are working.”

Kakoli, a worker of the garden said, “I have been working here for two years. I can run my family with the money earned here. To do so, I have to work in the garden from morning till afternoon.”

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