POST TIME: 10 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Homestead vegetable farming gaining popularity in Rajshahi
BSS, Rajshahi

Homestead vegetable farming gaining 
popularity in Rajshahi

Vegetable farming in both commercial and homestead method is gradually increasing in the vast Barind tract as many people are seen humming towards the farming leaving behind the high-irrigation consuming crops.

Both acreage and production of various types of vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, bitter gourd, pointed gourd, cucumber and ladies finger were increased significantly in the area during the last couple of years benefitting the consumers in general. Swapan Ali, 45, a farmer of Panchandar village under Tanore Upazila, has become an icon of vegetable cultivation at his locality. His annual earning is around Tk three to four lakh on an average at present.

He has started the vegetable farming with brinjal on only five decimal of fellow land after failing to get irrigation water for Irri-boro farming around five years back. His initial income was around Taka 20,000 that allured him to expand the farming commercially. Under the ‘Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)’ project, more than 12.58 lakh community people of 2.66 lakh households are being motivated and encouraged towards vegetable farming to reduce the pressure on underground water.

The project is being implemented by DASCOH Foundation at around 1,280 drought-hit villages in 39 Union Parishads and three municipalities of eight upazilas in Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts since 2014, said Jahangir Alam Khan, Assistant Coordinator of the project.

Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Shamsher Ali told BSS that the vegetable farming in Barind land is now plentiful. Farmers are seen sending their fresh vegetables to different cities including the capital Dhaka after meeting up the local demands regularly, he added. Besides, acreage of the farming is increasing gradually due to more income from small land.

Shariful Islam, Assistant Engineer of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), said the farmers are seen humming towards vegetable farming in the dried Barind land.