Thakurgaon vegetables going abroad after meeting demand
THAKURGAON, Nov 17: Vegetables produced in the district are now being exported to foreign countries after fulfilling local demand.
As a result, farmers are now being more interested in cultivating different types of vegetables.
The high lands where paddy, wheat and jute were not cultivated much before are now being used to grow vegetables.
The villages where the vegetables are being cultivated include Baradeshwari, Patiadangi, Akcha, Garea and Nargun in Sadar Upazila, and Rautnagar and Nekmarad in Ranisankail Upazila of the district.
Farmers are now making a huge profit by cultivating and selling different vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, radish, bitter gourd and eggplant in the district. After buying vegetables, the wholesalers are sending those to different districts of the country.
Besides cultivating Transplanted Aman, many farmers have cultivated vegetables this year. As the price of winter vegetables is fair this year, the farmers are making a good profit.
Not only farmers, many labourers have also become economically solvent by working in the vegetable fields.
Farmer Mehedi Ahsan Ullah Chowdhury of Chameshwari Village in Sadar Upazila, who got Bangabandhu Agriculture Award-2018 for contributing to agriculture sector, has been cultivating vegetables without using chemical pesticides for long. He has cultivated gourd, bitter gourd, cucumber and eggplant in 14-bigha land using organic fertilisers this season.
He said the demand of vegetables produced in organic method has huge demand in the market. He earned over Tk 5 lakh selling the vegetables this season. His produced vegetables are now being exported to 10 countries including England, Dubai, Bahrain, Saudi Arab, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong.
Farmer Rajanikanta Roy of Yakubpur Village in Sadar Upazila said, "I have cultivated different varieties of spinach in one-acre land this year. So far, I have got Tk 90,000 selling the vegetables. I hope to earn more Tk 1 lakh in the next few days."
Farmer Md Shamsuddin of Nargun Village in the same upazila said, "I cultivated eggplant in four-bigha land this season. I spent Tk 500 for producing per maund eggplant. I am selling per maund eggplant at Tk 1,000."
Farmer Hurmat Ali of the same village said he sold eggplant at Tk 20 per kg to a wholesaler recently. He is very happy to sell eggplant at that price.
Cauliflower and eggplant are sold beside a road in Rautnagar Village of Ranisankail Upazila every day. A wholesaler Abdul Jabbar from Dhaka regularly buys the vegetables from there and sells it to the markets in Dhaka.
He said he bought cauliflower at Tk 1,200 per maund, and profited Tk 30,000 to Tk 40,000 after selling one truckload of cauliflower in Dhaka.
Michael Tudu of Rautnagar Village cultivated cauliflower in four-bigha land spending Tk 2 lakh, and now profited over Tk 4 lakh after selling the produce.
Sources at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Thakurgaon said this year's winter vegetable farming target in the district is 7,248 hectares of land, and the production target is 1,56,757 metric tons of vegetables.
Deputy Director of the DAE Md Aftab Hossen said winter vegetables have grown well in the district this year. The locally produced vegetables are being sent to different districts and exported even to foreign countries.