POST TIME: 8 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Arum cultivation

Arum cultivation

It is encouraging to note that arum cultivation is benefiting the farmers of Tangail district. Four types of arum such as panchamukhi kachu, mukhi kachu, pani-kochu and BARI pani kochu-1, 2, 3 and 4 are being produced in the district. According to a report of this newspaper yesterday, about 757 hectares of land had been brought under arum cultivation last year that yielded a harvest of 16,690 metric tons.  

 Vegetable production has increased remarkably in the country during the last few years. There was a time when consumers had to wait for tasty vegetables till winter. Gourd, tomato, cauliflower and various leafy vegetables were available in the market only during the winter season. Summer was a lean season for vegetables. But the scenario has changed during the last few years. Now 20 to 25 varieties of vegetables are available almost all the year round. Farmers are cultivating these vegetables throughout the year and are reaping the benefits. Consumption of vegetables has also increased during the last few years.

   Vegetables are meeting the nutritional needs of increasing number of people in the country. But boost in production is not everything. The growers and the consumers will have to be benefited from it. Since vegetable is a perishable commodity, it has to be preserved properly. If growers do not get due prices of their produce, they will be frustrated. In that case, bumper output will be a bane for them instead of boon. If cold storages are set up in different areas of the country, farmers will be able to preserve their vegetables and sell them at good prices. On the other hand, due to lack of good transportation facility vegetables cannot reach the outlying areas and consumers do not get them at fair prices. If bank loan is available on easy terms and conditions, many will feel encouraged to set up cold storages. Nationalised  commercial banks and other financial organisations can play a vital role in this regard.

Growing of vegetables aplenty will be futile if consumers cannot take them safely. Farmers can use compost fertiliser and environment-friendly device to control pests in the vegetable fields. Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) can take necessary measures in this regard.