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Vermicompost fertilizer brings smile on Marjahan’s face

  • Published at 08:54 pm July 15th, 2019
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Picture shows Marjahan Begum workes at her resident in Rangamati on Monday, July 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The housewife in Rangamati currently earns Tk20,000 every month

Marjahan Begum, a resident of Rangamati town, is now leading a happy life by producing vermicompost fertilizer. Now, she is dreaming of a bright future.

Though their family was run previously by her husband’s income, they had to struggle to bear the education expenses of the children. But that problem is now gone as the educational cost of their children is met through Marjahan’s own income.

While talking to BSS, she narrated with deep emotion how she became an entrepreneur.

The housewife said her husband is a government service holder and they live with their two sons at CA Office Para in Rangamati town. Their two sons are studying at a government college in Dhaka and their education cost is being met with the money she earns by selling vermicompost fertilizer.

Marjahan said she first learned about the matter of producing vermicompost fertilizer through television, and later took training on it with the assistance of local Agriculture Extension Department. Afterwards, she did not need to look behind.

She said she started work on producing vermicompost fertilizer after taking loan from a bank. “I first began making vermicompost fertilizer at a place beside our house and then expanded it to a bigger spot.”

Marjahan said though she is earning Tk20,000 every month by selling the fertilizer and earthworms, it will increase further in future.

About the process to produce this fertilizer, she said at first cow dung, chicken faeces, poison-free green plants and vegetables, fruits shell and banana tree flakes are needed for it.

Agogic earthworm, the main component of producing the vermicompost, is a must for it.

Marjahan said she plans to expand her business to more lands with the money she is earning.

By selling vermicompost fertilizer, she said, their struggle to maintain the family has decreased to a great extent. “I’m now leading a happy life with my husband and children.”

She said they have a plan to set up a nursery and duck farm in future alongside this business.

On selling of the fertilizer, she said local farmers purchase fertilizer from her at retail and wholesale prices, while big fertilizer traders collect it at the wholesale price.

Marjahan’s suggestions to the freshers are that without hard labour, none can become successful in any profession.

Harunur Rashid Bhuiyan, the sub-assistant agriculture officer of Rangamati District Agriculture Extension Department, said any jobless youth can produce vermicompost fertilizer on a small land with a small amount of capital.

In this case, he said, Marjahan is an example.

The official said there is a huge demand of this fertilizer to produce more crops. “We will provide all kinds of support to anybody if they want to produce the vermicompost fertilizer.”