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Weekly Farmers’ Market with safe vegetables in town

  • Published at 10:05 pm December 6th, 2019
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque inaugurates a weekly 'Farmers’ Market' marketplace on the premises of Shech Bhaban on Manik Mia Avenue in the capital on Friday, December 6, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Marginal farmers will sell their vegetable produce of different varieties at the market from 7am every Friday and Saturday until their produce is finished

If you are already exhausted by vegetables laced with harmful chemicals, pesticides, and formalin city markets, from now on you can consider yourself relieved. 

The Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM) has opened a weekly “Farmers’ Market” marketplace on the premises of Shech Bhaban on Manik Mia Avenue in the capital on Friday morning. 

Marginal farmers will sell their vegetable produce of different varieties at the market from 7am every Friday and Saturday until their produce is finished.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), and Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) are taking care of ensuring the quality of the vegetables after they are taken from Savar, Manikganj, Narsingdi, and Munshiganj, aiming to relieve city dwellers already in a panic about contaminated food. 

Contacted, DAM Director General Mohammad Yousuf told Dhaka Tribune that the market will run on a trial basis.

“In course of time, it will boom with the response of safe food lovers, although the vegetables are a bit pricier than those grown using pesticides and chemicals," he added.

The farmers, he said, will get a fair price in the market, dealing directly with customers. 

Customers at weekly 'Farmers’ Market' marketplace on the premises of Shech Bhaban on Manik Mia Avenue in the capital on Friday, December 6, 2019 | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka TribuneInaugurating the market as chief guest, Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque said the government gives the utmost importance to safe and nutritious food, for which public awareness is also needed.  

Bangladesh is now “self-sufficient” in food, mainly due to major development and research on agriculture, he said. 

“The country is now a surplus of food. Agriculture has turned into commercial agriculture under the prudent policy and the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” said Razzaque, as quoted by BSS.

Over the last one year, the government kept these farmers under supervision to help produce safe food, he said, adding: “No fertilizers or pesticides were used in farming the vegetables which are brought for sale to the market."

The minister hoped the market will sell vegetables throughout the week in the near future. 

The event was attended, among others, by Agriculture Secretary Md Nasiruzzaman and DAE Director General Md Abdul Muyeed.