Disease attacks winter vegetables
BOGURA, Oct 5: Disease has attacked advance winter vegetable lands in the district.
As a result, the vegetable plants are rotting in the field.
The district is famous for vegetable production. The advance winter vegetables grew aplenty in Shahjahanpur, Shibganj, Dhunat, Sariakandi, and Sadar upazilas of the district this season. But, farmers are frustrated over the disease attack.
Different types of vegetables including spinach, radish, bean, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, bitter gourd and pointed gourd are appearing in the vegetable markets of various upazilas in the district. The farmers were happy getting fair prices. But the disease attack made them worried.
Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension in the district Nikhil Chandra Sarker said this year's target of winter vegetable farming here was 12,500 hectares of land. Till now, the vegetables have been cultivated in 5,000 ha of land.
Farmers of Kholishakandi and Fulkot villages including Shahidul Islam of Brikustia Village and Anwar Hossen of Chupinagar Village in Shahjahanpur Upazila of the district said a small quantity of the vegetables including gourd, bean and bitter gourd are appearing in the markets. But, for the last 15 days, the vegetable plants are becoming rotten. The lands near the Karatoa River in Brikustia and Chupinagar villages have been mostly affected.
They also said they are not getting any result even after using pesticides and making drains to let the water out of the fields following the advice of agriculture officials and pharmacists.
Farmers requested the agriculture department officials to visit the affected lands and provide them advice.
Agriculture officials said farmers are applying seven to eight different pesticides in the lands at a time. As a result, the disease-tolerance capacity of the plants is reducing.
They also said due to the continuous rainfall, the lands are damp, and so diseases are spreading. The rain water is washing away the medicines. In this circumstance, farmers have to keep patience. They should apply fungicide soon after the rain stops and remove the rotten plants. Then, they should plant new trees in the land.