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Bumper production of winter vegetables likely in south-western region

Update : 08 Dec 2013, 06:22 PM

This Robi season, farmers and officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are expecting a bumper production of winter vegetables in the South-western region under Khulna division.

DAE sources said farmers in 10 Southwestern districts cultivated winter vegetables on 69,016 hectares of land this year, with a target to produce 12.90lakh tonnes of vegetables.

Farmers are getting a yield of at least 18-19 tonnes of vegetables per hectare of land. The variety of winter vegetables available at the district’s kitchen markets has increased, the sources said.

Additional Director of Jessore regional DAE M Abdul Mannan said necessary steps had been taken to ensure a supply of improved quality seeds, fertilisers, insecticides and other agri-products for the growers at fair prices to boost winter vegetables production, according to BSS.

The DAE and Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) have distributed sufficient quantity of quality seeds, other agro-inputs among the farmers and provided them with necessary technical assistance, he said.

Of the total, 15,176 hectares of land were brought in Jessore with the production target of 2,83,791 tonnes vegetables, 2,722 hectares in Narail with production target of 50,901 tonnes, 10,608 hectares in Jhenidah with production target of 1,98,370 tonnes, 3,833 hectares in Magura with production target of 71,677 tonnes, 6,855 hectares in Kushtia with production target of 1,28,189 tonnes of winter vegetables.

Different banks, including Bangladesh Krishi Bank and NGOs have disbursed agriculture loans among the farmers to make the programme a success.

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