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  06 Oct 2021, 13:11

Record 4,94,427 tonnes of summer vegetables produced in Rangpur

  RANGPUR, Oct 6, 2021 (BSS) - Farmers produced a record quantity that is
4,94,427 tonnes of summer vegetables exceeding the fixed production target by
21.45 percent during the just-concluded Kharif-1 season in Rangpur
agriculture region.

  Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers
achieved bumper output of summer vegetables braving the Covid-19 pandemic and
got fair prices of the produce.

  Earlier, the DAE had fixed a target of producing over 4,07,101 lakh tonnes
of summer vegetables from 22,030 hectares of land for all five districts in
Rangpur agriculture region during the last Kharif-1 season.

  "However, farmers cultivated summer vegetables on 26,365 hectares of land
exceeding the fixed farming target by 4,335 hectares or 19.68 percent,"
Agriculturist Bidhu Bhusan Ray, Additional Director of the DAE, Rangpur
region said.

  Farmers cultivated summer vegetables on 9,480 hectares of land in Rangpur,
4,780 hectares in Gaibandha, 4,820 hectares in Lalmonirhat, 2,475 hectares in
Nilphamari and 4,810 hectares of land in Kurigram districts.

  "After completing harvest last week, farmers produced 4,94,427 tonnes of
vegetables exceeding the fixed production target by 87,326 tonnes or 21.45
percent at an excellent average yield rate of 18.75 tonnes per hectare of
land," Ray said.

   The DAE and other organisations and institutes, commercial banks and NGOs
supplied high quality seeds, inputs, easy-term agri-loans and assistance to
farmers to make the intensive summer vegetables cultivation programme a
success.

   After getting repeated bumper production with rewarding prices, farmers
are cultivating vegetables on more lands and many of them have achieved self-
reliance from farming vegetables thrice during the Rabi, Kharif-1 and Kharif-
2 seasons annually.

   "At the same time, farmers have cultivated vegetables on 13,950 hectares
of land during the current Kharif-2 season in the region and already
harvested on 3,370 hectares of land producing 56,143 tonnes of vegetables
till Tuesday," Ray added.

   Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh
Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid today told BSS that farming of vegetables on
crop lands, homesteads and char areas has already become a profitable venture
for farmers.

  "Braving the Covid-19 pandemic, farmers had cultivated summer vegetables
successfully during the Kharif-1 season and achieved a bumper production in
the region," Rashid added.

  Vegetable-trader Hafizur Rahman at Rangpur City Bazar today said farmers
sold summer vegetables between Taka 20 and Taka 60 per kg on an average
depending on varieties and quality to the middlemen.

   "The retail prices were, however, higher by Taka 15 per kg on an average
in local markets as some vegetables perished during the transportation and
marketing process," Hafizur said.

  Vegetable farmers Manik Miah, Alfaz Hossain, Ariful Haque, Meher Ali,
Solaiman Ali, Abdur Rahman and Dulal Chandra Roy of different villages in
Rangpur Sadar said they got a super bumper production of summer vegetables.

  Farmer Dulal Mian of Char Harin Sharma village in Kawnia upazila of Rangpur
said he is harvesting vegetables cultivated during the current Kharif-2
season after completing harvest of vegetables cultivated during the current
Kharif-1 season.

  Farmer Aminul Islam of village Chandrakhana in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram
said he completed harvesting and reaped better profits by selling his
cultivated summer vegetables on one bigha of land during the last Kharif-1
season.

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