Bumper winter vegetable production likely in Rangpur...

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Bumper winter vegetable production likely in Rangpur

 Rangpur Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:36 PM, 4 December 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Farmers in Rangpur agriculture region and officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) are expecting a bumper production of winter vegetables during the current Rabi season. 

"Early varieties of winter vegetable have already appeared in local markets making farmers happy with lucrative prices," Additional Director of the DAE's Rangpur region Agriculturist Md. Tauhidul Ikbal said. 

Enthusiastic farmers will continue sowing seeds of some winter vegetables till January next in all five districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari in the agriculture region.

The DAE has fixed a target of producing 9,62,103 tonnes of winter vegetables from 41,070 hectares of land for all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region during this Rabi season. 

"Farmers have already brought 28,410 hectares of land under cultivation of winter vegetables, 69.17 percent against the fixed farming target across the region till Friday," he said. 

As a result of different pragmatic steps taken by the government, including distribution of incentives among farmers, cultivation of vegetables during winter, summer and Kharif-1 and Kharif-2 seasons has become popular bringing huge profits to farmers. 

The government through agriculture related departments, organisations 
and institutions has taken ample steps to assist farmers in making the intensive winter vegetables farming programme a complete success in the region.

"The DAE, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation and other organisations provided quality seeds of winter vegetables, incentives, agri-inputs and technical assistance to farmers," Ikbal said.

Besides, commercial banks, including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank and some NGOs disbursed easy-term agriculture loans among farmers to assist them in farming winter vegetables successfully.

Vegetable trader Hafizur Rahman at Rangpur City Market today said that many varieties of winter vegetables have already appeared in the local markets abundantly with lucrative prices benefiting farmers.

Meanwhile, vegetable traders are exporting huge quantities of the early varieties of winter vegetables to Dhaka city and other areas of the country by trucks from different points in the region. 

"Some 150 to 200 trucks loaded with winter vegetables are being sent to the capital city and other places daily from Rangpur agriculture region," vegetable trader Abdul Mazid at Mithapukur Bazar in Rangpur said.

Farmers Solaiman Ali and Abdul Hamid of Ranipukur village in Rangpur said they started harvesting and selling winter vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, brinjal, 'Korola', 'Potol', bean, 'Jhinga', 'Kakrol', green chili and other varieties since mid-November last.

They expressed satisfaction over current excellent market prices of winter vegetables.

Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rahman Rashid said farmers are continuing cultivation of winter vegetables both on the main lands and char areas alongside harvesting early varieties.

"Cultivation of vegetables is expanding every year following repeated bumper production with lucrative prices in recent times changing the fortune of many farmers both on the main lands and riverine chars areas across the region," he said. - BSS