Tuhin: From unemployed engineer to successful entrepreneur
Published: 05:25 PM, 18 October 2020
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Many people have lost their jobs due to coronavirus pandemic. In addition, young people spend their time with the frustration of not getting a job after finishing their studies. But youths like Tasnim Alam Tuhin came up with some exceptional initiatives to become self-dependent.
After completing his studies in civil engineering from a private university, Tuhin was looking for a job. But he was unable to manage any job to support himself and his family. Then he decided to start cultivating watermelon in two bighas of land with the help of local agriculture officials and others.
Tuhin cultivated ‘Golden Crown’ (bright yellow) in one bigha of land and ‘Black Berry’ (black) in another bigha. He got success in cultivating untimely watermelon which changed his fortune.
The watermelon, first cultivated in the district, is bright golden yellow in color. Watermelon is more nutritious and helps prevent aging. Tuhin has sold watermelons worth around one lakh taka in the first phrase.
Tuhin, a resident of Mahmudpur village in Sadhuhati UP of Jhenaidah Sadar upazila, said he tried a lot to get a job after completing his studies. But he did not get any job. Then when the epidemic started, he thought that he would go to the village and start farming. Then he shifted to the village from Dhaka during the pandemic.
“I used to watch many videos related to agricultural work on YouTube at different times. Then with the help of local block supervisor Milon Kumar Ghosh I bought seeds from Jafarpur Bazar of Chuadanga and sowed it. I have collected fruits in 58 days after sowing the seeds,” said Tuhin.
Milon Kumar Ghosh, deputy assistant agriculture officer of the local Sadhuhati block, said the premature watermelon seeds can usually be sown from April to August. After 50 days, the fruit is suitable for sale. We, in collaboration with the Upazila Agriculture Officer, regularly gave him advice on various techniques for making beds, controlling insects, and maintaining good fruit quality.
Regarding the matter, Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Zahidul Karim said that drainage and sandy loam soil is more suitable for watermelon cultivation which exists in Jhenaidah. As good quality watermelon has been grown here, there is a lot of demand for watermelon in different places including Dhaka. Therefore, farmers are being widely encouraged to expand this cultivation.