Char land brought under crops cultivation in Gaibandha

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Char land brought under crops cultivation in Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA, Nov 16 (BSS): A vast tracts of char land on the river bed of the Brahmaputra and the Teesta have been brought under different crops and vegetables cultivation during the Robi season.

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 this year.

Later, the growers brought vast tracts of land along riverbed under the crops and vegetables farming with the hopes of getting desired production and economical profit from it.

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 country’s food security, said Saddam Hossain, a social worker.

As the land on the riverbed is very fertile, there is no necessity of using chemical fertilisers to grow the varieties successfully. That’s why; the growers used nominal organic fertilisers and invested a little amount of money for it, said Mokbul Hossain, sub assistant agriculture officer of Kamarjani Union of Sadar Upazila.

Now, the cultivated crops like Ganzia paddy, maize, mustard and groundnut and the vegetables on the riverbeds 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 at fair prices, said M. Delwar Hossain, a dweller of char Khatiamari under Kamarjani Union of Sadar Upazila.

Saiduzzaman, chairman of Mollarchar 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 side by side with alleviating poverty of the char and river basin people.

Talking to the BSS deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) AH Bazlur Rashid said the chars and river basin people were being motivated so that they could bring the unused vast tracts of riverbeds under different crops and vegetables farming to meet its demand and to make the growers economically benefited and selfreliant.

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