Vermicompost fertiliser brings smile on Marjahan’s face

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DHAKA, May 31, 2019 (BSS) – Marjahan Begum, a resident of Rangamati town, is now leading a happy life by producing vermicompost fertiliser. Now, she is dreaming of a bright future.

Though their family was run previously by her husband’s income, they had to struggle to bear the education expenses of the children. But that problem has gone as educational cost of the children is met through Marjahan’s own income.

While talking to this correspondent, she narrated with deep emotion that how she became an entrepreneur. She said her husband is a government service holder and they live with their two sons in CA Office Para in Rangamati town. Their two sons are studying at a government college in Dhaka and their education cost is being met by selling vermicompost fertiliser.

Marjahan Begum said she first learned the matter of producing vermicompost fertiliser through television and later took training on it with the assistance of local Agriculture Extension Department. Afterward, she did not need to look backward.

Marjahan said she started work on producing vermicompost fertiliser by taking loan from a bank. “I first began making vermicompost fertiliser at a place beside our house and then expanded it to a bigger place,” she said.

Marjahan said though she is earning Taka 20,000 every month by selling vermicompost fertiliser and earthworms, it will increase further in future.

About the process for producing this kind of fertiliser,she said at first cow dung, chicken defecation, poison-free green plants and vegetables and fruits shell and banana tree flakes are needed for it.

And agogic earthworm, the main component of producing the vermicompost, is a must for it.

Marjahan Begum said she has planned to expand her business to more lands through the money she earns every month.

By selling vermicompost fertiliser, she said, their struggle to maintain the family has been removed to a great extent. “I’m now leading a happy life with my husband and children,” she said.

Marjahan said they have a plan to set up a nursery and duck farm in future alongside producing vermicompost fertiliser.

On selling of vermicompost fertiliser, she said local farmers purchase fertiliser from their house at the retail and wholesale prices, while big fertiliser traders collect it at the wholesale price.

Marjahan’s suggestions to the freshers is that without hard labour, none can become successful in any profession. “So everybody will have to do hard labour and give more attention to earn success,” she said, adding that the unemployed youths could come forward to this end.

When contacted, Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer of Rangamati District Agriculture Extension Department Harunur Rashid Bhuiyan said any jobless youth can produce vermicompost fertiliser on a small land through small amount of capital.

In this case, he said, housewife Marjahan Begum is an example. The official said there is a huge demand of this fertiliser to produce more crops. “We will provide all kinds of support if anybody wants to produce the vermicompost fertiliser,” he said.

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