With more supply of various vegetables in the market, prices have been decreasing
Vegetable farmers have been benefitting from the abundant production of wintertime crops and their fair prices in Narsingdi.
However, they said, with more supply of various vegetables in the market, prices have been decreasing.
Farmers are anxious that they might have to incur losses due to the increased production cost of pesticides and fertilizers, among other expenses.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), the target for winter vegetable cultivation was set to be on 7,000 hectares of land; however, the cultivation was on around 8,500 hectares of land.
Some farmers told the Dhaka Tribune: “Vegetable plants have yielded crops in at least six upazilas of Narsingdi before winter began. The yield was good because of the favourable weather.”
Among the various vegetables that were produced, there were: beans, cauliflower, cabbage, red spinach, gourd, radish and eggplant.
Although there was not much yield at the beginning of winter, farmers were still profiting from the reasonable prices.
The demand for these vegetables increased in the district’s wholesale market. Buyers from different places including Dhaka have come to the Narsingdi markets to buy vegetables.
Markets in Belabo upazila’s Baroicha, Narayanpur, Raipur Jangi Shibpur, Shibpur upazila sadar, C and B Bazar, and Palpara Bazar, have been selling these vegetables at reasonable wholesale price.
Vegetable farmers Faizul Islam, Khokon Miah, Zahirul Islam, and Abul Hossain from Palash upazila said: “Even though vegetable production was not copious, it was satisfactory. However, every week the prices of vegetables are reducing by Tk5-7 per kilogram as the supply increases.”
They said they would have to incur a loss if the price kept decreasing.
Narsingdi Sadar upazila Agriculture Officer Mohammad Abdul Hai said almost 40% of Dhaka’s vegetables supply came from Narsingdi district.
He said if the farmers could produce a variety of vegetables instead of homogeneous crops, then the possibility of loss would reduce.