The flower farmers from Kewa Dakkhin Khanda village under Gazipur’s Sreepur municipality are now the proud owners of a thousand tulip flowers
Tulip, an ornamental flower which usually grows in colder countries, blossomed for the first time in Bangladesh, owing to the efforts of the husband-wife team of Delwar Hossain and Ms Shelly.
They planted tulip bulbs near the end of 2019 which bloomed during the last week of January, 2020. The flower farmers from Kewa Dakkhin Khanda village under Gazipur’s Sreepur municipality are now the proud owners of a thousand tulip flowers.
Delwar said: “Visitors crowd our tulip fields every day, some of them even wanted to buy them for Tk80 a piece. But I will not sell them as this is the first time we have cultivated tulips.”
“Numerous visitors are seeing the flowers. This is our achievement. I cannot buy this happiness with money,” he added.
Department of Agricultural Extension Director General Dr Md Abdul Muyeed said Delwar has proven that tulips can be successfully grown in Bangladesh.
“Tulips usually grow in snowy European countries so its successful farming in our country has amazed us,”Muyeed added.
Muyeed further said his office will talk to policy makers so that tulip can be grown for exporting in the near future.
Delwar and Shelly started flower farming about 15 years ago. Their farming land encompasses more than two acres.
In 2017, they brought 60,000 lilium bulbs from Netherlands’ Royal Van Zanten, a breeding company for a range plants and flowers, and became successful by growing and selling the flowers.
They continued their relationship with the company and towards the end of 2019, Royal Van Zanten provided them with 1,000 tulip bulbs for free.
Delwar and Shelly plan to cultivate tulips commercially in large amounts after acquiring further knowledge about it from Netherlands.
People from across the country, including Jhenaidah, Kaliganj, Savar, Kapasia, regularly come to Delwar for advice regarding flower farming.