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18 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Trend of tobacco farming decreasing in Kusthia

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Kushtia

Farmers of Mirpur upazila in Kusthia have started cultivating watermelons instead of tobacco this year.

For the past six years, farmers of Mirpur and Daulatpur upazilas cultivated tobacco in the hope of making profits. But after having failed to get any financial benefit from tobacco, they are using the land for the cultivation of watermelons this year.

The farmers alleged that they had been harassed when they tried to collect money from tobacco firms.

After completing his studies, Seregul Islam worked for an NGO. He also cultivated tobacco for the past five years on three bighas of land. But he has not cultivated tobacco this year as he was a victim of harassment. “I made no profit from tobacco farming. There’s more profit if I cultivate other crops. Lots of people are also needed for growing tobacco. Besides, tobacco cultivation is bad for health,” he said.

“Companies provided fertilisers, seeds, and pesticides for growing tobacco. I cultivated tobacco last year on three bighas of my land. But the companies didn’t take my tobacco after it was damaged in a hailstorm.

I incurred heavy losses. So, I haven’t cultivated tobacco this year,” he added.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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