Gourd production brings Tarapada good fortune
GOPALGANJ, Dec 1: Gourd cultivation has changed the fate of a school teacher, Tarapada Bala (50), who is earning about Tk. 1,38,000 a month from his gourd field now.
Tarapada Bala is a school teacher of Govt. Primary School under Tungipara upazila of Gopalganj district. He has been working in his vegetable field side by side his teaching occupation for last twenty years. His strong will power, curiosity and hard work made him a successful farmer of Mitrodanga village under Tungipara upazila of Gopalganj district.
Tarapada started cultivating vegetables on a small scale in the year 1990. But in recent years he has concentrated on vegetable cultivation, particularly on gourd.
On Friday, while this correspondent visited his gourd field, he told the F.E., everyday he has been collecting about 200 pieces of gourd from his field.
Tarapada said he invested Tk. 40,000 for gourd cultivation on two bighas of land including seeds, fertilizer, pesticide etc. but he usually uses natural fertilizer in his field.
Not only that, he has been earning an additional profit of Tk. one lakh from other vegetables production.
Last year (2010) Tarapada Bala was awarded a silver medal from the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the best farmer in agriculture sector. Earlier he received certificates from the Ministry of Agriculture as a successful farmer in the district.
He further informed this correspondent that many of his neighbours have now been following his footsteps. He offers from free advice to them on gourd production.