Abdur Rashid Molla, a marginal farmer of Srirampur village in Rupsha Upazila of Khulna district became self-reliant and changed his fortune through vegetable farming, reports BSS.
He sells vegetables including spinach every day and already profited Tk 1.5 lakh within three months by cultivating only spinach on his 2.5 bighas of land, expending only Tk 6,000. He said huge amount of vegetables could be produced every year by using necessary seeds, quality fertilizers and pesticides.
"The char and riverside people usually cultivate cauliflower, potato, spinach, gourd and other vegetables, onion, green chili, garlic, wheat, Boro paddy, pulses, pumpkin, strawberry and watermelon on these lands," Molla said. Like Rashid Molla, a lot of marginal and poor farmers changed their fate by cultivating different kind of vegetables on char lands near Rupsha River.
Deputy Assistant Tree Preservation Officer of Rupsha Agriculture Extension Department Md Momtaz Uddin told this correspondent, cultivation of vegetables on char lands is expanding every year during the dry season. At least 385 hectares of lands have been brought under vegetables cultivation this year, he added. While visiting five unions of Rupsha upazila, this reporter witnessed that winter vegetables were huge cultivated this year and farmers are very happy for getting fair prices.
Rupsha Upazila Agriculture Officer Fariduzzaman said vegetable cultivation on char lands is increasing in all nine upazilas including Rupsha during the last one decade. "Farmers are producing huge vegetables due to favorable climate condition as agriculture department provides quality seeds, fertilizers and good advices," he said.
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