Pateldangi known as ‘vegetable village’
KUSHTIA, Dec 8: Pateldangi Village under Khoksa Upazila of the district has become known as 'vegetable village'.
The farmers of the village are interested in cultivating different vegetables as they are gaining a good profit by cultivating early winter vegetables.
They produce vegetables including cabbage, cauliflower, sweet pumpkin, pumpkin, bitter gourd, cucumber, lady's finger, potato, pointed gourd, radish, carrot, green banana, brinjal, and bean round the year.
The village is very close to Khoksa Upazila headquarters. Due to good communication, the farmers can easily send their products to many cities, including capital Dhaka, directly from the fields.
When talked, villagers said they used to cultivate various crops, including Virginia tobacco, 10 years back, but it could not remove their poverty. In the last two years, they failed to make profit from vegetable farming due to unfavourable weather. But, weather favoured them this year, and they got success from the farming.
They also said they are getting a good profit spending less money. The farmers, who have no land, also started vegetable cultivation, taking land on lease. At least 20 trucks with vegetables are being sent to different parts of the country from the fields daily.
Farmer Modok Biswas of the village said, "This year, I cultivated cabbage in five-bigha land, cauliflower in two-bigha and gourd in one bigha. I had to spend Tk 20,000 for farming cabbage in per bigha land. I am getting more than Tk 60,000 from selling cabbage of per-bigha land. I sold gourd of one bigha at about Tk 1 lakh. The cultivation cost of gourd was very nominal."
Farmer Boloram Biswas of the same village told the same adding that as per the advice of local Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), they cultivated early winter vegetables, and it has changed their lots.
Deputy Director of Kushtia DAE Shyamol Kumar Biswas said early vegetables were cultivated in about 1,500 hectares of land in the upazila this season, and out of the total lands, 1,200 ha are at Pateldangi Village.
He also said, due to direct supervision of the DAE and favourable weather, the farmers produced sufficient vegetables and earned a handsome profit.
He further said the farmers would be able to cultivate winter vegetables again after harvesting the early varieties.
But, many farmers alleged that due to lack of proper marketing policy, the middlemen or wholesalers are making extra profit depriving them of fair price.
They urged the government to take proper steps for marketing vegetables for their sake.