Record yield of vegetables in northern region

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Record yield of vegetables in northern region

NAOGAON, Dec 4 (UNB): Farmers of Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions have set a record by cultivating winter vegetables on 0.2m hectares of land in the current season.

Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) is expecting that 4m mts of vegetables would be produced from this region due to favourable weather condition. The DAE officials expect that the farmers will earn Tk 80b this season.

Around 1m farmers cultivated cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, carrot, bean, bottle gourd, turnip and brinjal on vast tracts of land in 16 districts of the northern region.

Farmers are expecting to earn a huge profit by selling the vegetables due to its good price in the market.

Monwar, a farmer of Rangpur district, said he brought 3 bighas of land under brinjal cultivation. Now, he is expecting good profit as brinjel is selling at Tk 300 per maund in the local market.

Besides, cauliflower is now selling at Tk 900-1000 per maund and 100 pieces of cabbage at Tk 1200-1500.

DAE sources said last year 0.137m hectares were brought under winter vegetable cultivation in the region and 2.2m tonnes vegetables were produced.

Deputy Director of Naogaon DAE said 20 percent of the produced vegetables are used to meet local demand while the rest are supplied to different parts of the country.

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