Pesticide-free vegetable farming rise in Narsingdi
Published: 03:40 PM, 14 October 2020
Many farmers in Narsingdi district are now cultivating chemical and pesticide-free vegetables for economic prospects of the crop.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, farmers usually use chemical fertilizers and pesticides in vegetable fields across the country and as a result, people are being attacked with various diseases by eating the polluted vegetables.
During the last few years, the DAE has taken necessary steps to produce chemical and pesticide-free vegetables.
The department has been given knowledge to the farmers on the bad effects of using pesticide and chemical fertilizer on vegetable fields and also given them training on pest management.
Shovan Kumar Dhar, Deputy Director of the DAE in Narsingdi, said that Narsingdi is a leading vegetable production area in the country and usually supply 30 to 40 percent of its production to the capital and other districts.
Various Kinds of vegetables grow plenty in the district like been, brinjal, gourd sweet gourd, kakral, Karola, koida, ladies finger, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, potato, poi- shak, palong-shak, data-shak. DAE sources said over one lakh tones of vegetables have produced in the district both in the summer and winter season.
Because of the motivation and training, a large number of farmers of the district are now inspired to cultivate more chemical-free vegetables using vermin-compost and other organic fertilizers and gradually its cultivation increasing in the district, the deputy director said.
He said application of organic fertilizes like composts, vermin composts and green manure can increase crop production.
Women in the district also producing poison free vegetables both summer and winter season in their lands and homestead garden using cow dung and other organic fertilizers. They are very happy selling vegetables at a high price as the demand for chemical-free vegetables is more and rate is high then the vegetables producing by using chemical fertilizers and pesticide in the local markets. - BSS