Vegetable farming lucrative for Mithapukur growers
RANGPUR Oct 20: Farmers of Mithapukur upazila in the district are becoming financially solvent by growing winter vegetables on their farmlands as the crops give them comparatively more profit. They are expected to grow more than 40 thousand tonnes of vegetables this year as they prefer cultivating vegetables to other crops, said DAE office sources.
“I spent Tk 30 thousand and earned Tk 80 thousand by growing cabbage on one acre of land,” said Kashem Miah, a farmer of Hazratpur village.
“It was difficult for me to afford the expenses of my family by growing rice only; but vegetable farming is now giving me adequate profit to ease my financial constraints,” he said.
“I earned Tk 10,000 by growing palong shak on 22 decimals of land at my homestead,” said Kabir Miah, a farmer of Boiriganj village.
Zabbar Miah of Kafrikhal village spent Tk 3,000 and earned Tk 15,000 by growing chillies on his farmland.
“I can buy adequate fresh vegetables from the markets of the upazila at cheaper cost,” said Rustam Ali, a trader who came from Dhaka.
“The farmers are not getting fair price as middlemen are controlling the markets depriving the poor peasants,” said Mosadek Bablu, president of Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).
While visiting the villages of the upazila this FE correspondent found the farmers busy in taking care of their vegetable fields.
The farmers are growing potato, cabbage, cauliflower, gourd, bean, onion, eggplant, parbal, cucumber, tomato, chillies, basil, carrot, green- pea, arum, okra, luffa and mint.
Traders from across the country are purchasing the vegetables and transporting those to their respective areas.
Everyday around 16 trucks laden with vegetables leave the markets of the upazila for different destinations across the country, sources said.