With support from the district's agriculture office, farmers are cultivating vegetables in abandoned ponds and water bodies by making floating beds
Vegetable farming, on floating beds made of water hyacinth and bamboo in water bodies or ponds, is gaining popularity in different areas of Bagerhat's Fakirhat upazila.
With support from the district's agriculture office, farmers are cultivating vegetables in abandoned ponds and water bodies by making floating beds.
Farmers do not need to use fertilizer and pesticide for cultivating vegetables using this method, thus this method helps them grow vegetables at low costs. As the vegetables are being produced in a fully organic manner, the market demand for these vegetables is also high.
Many farmers are making good profits by selling their vegetables produced on their floating gardens.
Farmers cited that extensive waterlogging and tidal waves, which submerges at least 25 hectares of land every year, are the main reasons which influenced them to switch from conventional farming. Visiting Uttarpara village of Fakirhat upazila, this Dhaka Tribune correspondent found that farmer Rajab Ali has cultivated gourd, red spinach, kalmi shak, ladies’ fingers, and other vegetables in his floating garden.
He said he made the floating bed for vegetable cultivation under an experimental project, with support from the local Department of Agriculture Extension office.
"Although it's very tough to build floating beds on 20-feet deep water, we've got success as the demand for vegetables cultivated in this method is very high in the market," he said.
Nasrul Millat, local DAE official, said the cultivation method is very environment-friendly, and vegetables produced on such beds are safe and healthy.
Md Aftabuddin, deputy director at the local DAE office, said the agriculture office is working extensively to expand the concept of cultivating vegetables and spices on floating beds, which have recently experienced success in Bagerhat's Fakirhat upazila.