Published:  12:45 AM, 30 November 2019

Bumper winter crop output likely in Nakla

Bumper winter crop output likely in Nakla Farmers processing winter vegetables to supply them in various markets in Nakla of Sherpur.The photo was taken on Friday. - AA

Hundreds of farmers in Nakla upazila of Sherpur district are delighted over bumper yield of vegetables on the riverbanks of the Bhramaputra and others river and their good prices.

During a visit to the Bhramaputra char area in Chandrakona union, Ashtadhar union and Pathakata union; Talki, Gourdhar, Baneswardi, Urfa, Nakla, Ganapaddi union of the upazila, the Asian Age correspondent vast tracts of land covered with green winter vegetables including Potato, Parble, Tomato, Balsam apple, Bottle gourd, Chilly, Green pen, Carrot, Cucumber, Sweet bitter gourd (kakral), Ladies finger, Brinjal, Papaya, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Green cucumber, Arum, Arum lotee, Bean, Data, Pumpkin, Radish, Ridge gourd, Sponge gourd, Drumstick, Snake gourd, Asparagus bean, Basil (poi-shak), Red leafy (lal-shak), Bindweed (Kalmi-shak), Spinach (palong-shak) and others vegetables are produced in plenty in the upazila. Farmers were seen selling the vegetables grown on the char lands in the markets of district and upazila headquarters.

Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are expecting a bumper production of winter vegetables in all union under Nakla upazila of Sherpur district during the current Rabi season. The sources said vegetables are many produced in the upazila both in the summer and winter season.

Because of the motivation and training, a large number of farmers are now inspired to cultivate more chemical free vegetables using vermin-compost and other organic fertilizers. The farmers are bringing more lands under vegetables cultivation. The DAE official said application of organic fertilizers like composts, vermin composts and green manure can increase crop production.

The farmers are happy after getting bumper yield with lucrative price of their early harvested vegetables as the harvesting process continues now at this last stage of cultivation of the crops.

Talking to the Asian Age correspondent, official of Nakla upazila agriculture office of the DAE said sowing of the seeds of few varieties of winter vegetables would continue till this month-end.

The farmers have already brought more than three hundred hectares of land under cultivation of winter vegetables.Using cow dung and other organic fertilizers, women in the district are also producing poison free vegetables on their lands and homesteads.

Md Muksed Ali master of Bachuralga village under Chandrakona union, Alhaj Md Sidul Haque president, Md helel Uddin GS, Ismaeel Hoossain, Belel Hossain member of Vurdi Krishi Panna Uthpadak Kallan Shangtha of Baneswardi union in the upazila has achieved tremendous success in producing various chemical and pesticide free vegetables by using homemade vermin composts.

Agriculturist Paresh Chandra Dash upazila agriculture officer of Nakla of the DAE said cultivation of vegetables during both winter and summer seasons has become popular in recent times bringing huge profits to the farmers.

"As a result of expanded cultivation of early variety winter vegetables adopting newer cropping patterns, all varieties of the winter vegetables have appeared in plenty in the local markets," he said.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) and Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) have distributed incentives in terms of seeds and fertilizers among the farmers and provided them with technical assistance for vegetables farming. "

The local's banks have also disbursed easy-term agriculture loans among the farmers to make the intensive winter vegetables farming programmed successful this season," Agriculturist Paresh Chandra Dash added.

He also said that, the farmers are continuing cultivation of winter vegetables side by side with harvesting the early variety vegetables to earn better profits. Sources in the local markets said vegetables traders are exporting huge quantities of winter vegetables daily to Dhaka, many other district-upazila and parts of the country by trucks from different areas of the region

---Nakla, Sherpur

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