Three farmers engaged in tending and spraying pesticides on bean plants on their farmland at Sreepur village in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar district. Photo: Star
Farmers of Kulaura upazila are optimistic about getting bumper production of beans this year due to favourable weather conditions and timely supply of necessary inputs.
A total of 200 hectares of land have been brought under bean cultivation in the Upazila of the district this season, said Department of Agriculture officer Saffar Uddin.
“Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) has taken steps to provide the growers with high yielding varieties of seeds, organic fertilizers, insecticides and other inputs for making the programme a success.”
The farmers have showed their interests in cultivating the vegetable as it is more profitable than any other traditional crops for its easy farming.
Alamin Miah, 45, a farmer of Boromchal village in the upazila, said “I am now self-reliant by growing the vegetable instead of cultivating sugarcane or mustard.”
Another grower, Masuk Ahmed, 50, of Sripur village, said “Earlier, financial hardship used to haunt me round the year. But, I am now able to educate my children and live in brick-built house as my income has increased. I could make it possible because of profitable bean cultivation on my cropland.”
“The farmers are now growing the vegetable commercially to reap more profit. The wholesaler from nearby Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Dhaka and other areas visit our local markets to purchase it. The crop here is sold at satisfactory price," said Masuk.
Farmer Shafiqul Islam of Sripur village said, “DAE encourages the growers on how to cultivate the vegetable on their cropland successfully.”
“I have cultivated 23 acres of land which costs Tk 1200.I have already earned Tk 25000 from the cropland”, said Shafiqul.