Published:  01:34 AM, 18 January 2020

Vast char land brought under crops cultivation

Thousands hectares of char land lying on the river bed of the Brahmaputra and the Teesta have been brought under different crops and vegetables cultivation during the Robi season with an expectation of desired production.

According to sources hundreds of river eroded people living on the river basin and the chars started different crops and vegetables cultivation on the both sides of the rivers just after removing water from the river beds last year, reports BSS.

Later, the enthusiastic growers brought vast tracts of land along river bed under the crops and vegetables farming with the hopes of getting desired production and economical profit from it with nominal cost. Earlier, the growers were motivated by the field level agriculture officers to cultivate different varieties on the unused char lands to help them change their socio-economic condition and to achieve food security, said Saddam Hossain, a social worker.

As the land on the river bed is very fertile, there is no necessary to use chemical fertilizers on the crop field to grow the varieties successfully, said Mokbul Hossain, sub assistant agriculture officer of Kamarjani union of Sadar upazila. The growers used nominal organic fertilizers and invested a little amount of money for it, he also said.

Now, the cultivated crops like Ganzia paddy, maize and ground nut and the vegetables on the river beds have grown well and they have taken greenish look.

The harvest of some of the vegetables like brinjal, bean, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, chili, balsam apple, parble and gourd has already started and the growers are earning money by selling those in the local markets, said M. Delwar Hossain, a dweller of char Khatiamari under Kamarjani union of Sadar upazila.

Abdus Salam Jakir, chairman of Kamarjani Union Parishad under Sadar Upazila, said if all the vast tracts of land were brought under crops cultivation by using modern agro technologies, the food production of the country would increase significantly and the poverty of the char dwellers and river basin people would be removed.

Deputy director of Department of Agricultural Extension Krishibid Masudur Rahman said the chars and river basin people were being motivated so that they could bring the unused vast tracts of river beds under different crops and vegetables farming in next seasons.

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