The farmers in Narsingdi are feeling the burn as price of brinjals fall in the district, increasing their woes ahead of the monsoon season.
They are incurring a huge loss as they fail to recover the cost of cultivating brinjals. Currently in Narsingdi, 1kg beef is being sold for the price of six maunds of brinjal.
“Selling 1kg beef just about equates to selling six maunds of brinjal,” Shafikul Islam, a farmer of Rahimerkandi village said, expressing concern over the declining of price of vegetables.
He said: “It costs Tk10 to Tk15 to cultivate per kilogram of brinjal in the fields. There is also an added expense of transport cost."
"We are now selling brinjal for Tk80 to Tk120 per maund,” he said adding that the prices of all summer vegetables have fallen in Narsingdi wholesale markets.
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The agriculture department has notified that the fall in prices is due to a mass production of vegetables Dhaka Tribune
Visiting the local markets, the correspondent has found out that the current price of 1kg beef is between Tk480 to Tk500 while the cost of six maunds of brinjal is around Tk480 to Tk720.
Farmers claim that the prices are so low that they fail make up for the transport cost after selling brinjals and are not being able to buy fertilizers and insecticides, which is gradually pushing them towards debt.
However, farmers are hopeful that the prices will soon rise.
The agriculture department has notified that the fall in prices is due to a mass production of vegetables.
At present, the supply of vegetables like brinjals, gourds and beans have increased in nine markets of the district. There has been a boom in brinjal production, the district agriculture department said.
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Farmers informed that previously they were able to sell brinjals for Tk15 to Tk20 per kg but the prices have started declining since last month Dhaka Tribune
The Deputy Director of Department of Agricultural Extension Md Latafat Hossain said: “Vegetables have been cultivated over an area of 19,768.43 acres in Narsingdi this season.” Vegetables are not being sold at appropriate prices in several wholesale markets in Baroicha in Belabo upazila, Narayanpur, Jongi-Shibpur of Raipura, Shibpur upazila, Palpara and C & B bazar, said farmers.
Farmers informed that previously they were able to sell brinjal for Tk15 to Tk20 per kg but the prices have started declining since last month. Now it is being sold at Tk10 to Tk15 per kg.
Md Alal Uddin of Baroicha village said: “We need to use insecticides and pesticides in our fields but they are very expensive. Since the prices declined, it is becoming difficult for us to afford insecticides and pesticides and we are falling in debt.”
Narsingdi is well known for vegetable cultivation. About 70% of the vegetables grown here are supplied to Dhaka and various other regions. These vegetables are also exported abroad.