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Chemical free vegetable farming gaining popularity

  • Published at 01:50 am December 4th, 2019
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Chemical free vegetables being sold at a market in Belabo of Narsingdi Dhaka Tribune

Owing to high demand in the market and lucrative prices, a large number of growers are getting more involved in the project, said Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources

Chemical and pesticide free vegetable  farming is gaining popularity among Narsingdi farmers in the 'Safe Vegetable Village’ pilot project.

Owing to high demand in the market and lucrative prices, a large number of growers are getting more involved in the project, said Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources.

DAE officials also said they have taken various steps in the project to educate farmers about the harmful effects of using pesticides and chemical fertilizers in vegetables fields.

To grow various kinds of vegetables including brinjal, gourd, sweet gourd, kakral, karola, koida, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, potato, poi-shak, palong-shak and data-shak, a DAE team is working with farmers  in Vaterchar of Narayanpur union council, Belabo upazila.

Because of the motivation and training, a large number of farmers are now inspired to cultivate more chemical free vegetables using vermicomposting and other organic fertilizers.

The farmers are bringing more lands into this form of vegetable cultivation. The union has been declared a model union, the sources said.

The farmers hope over one lakh tons of vegetables will be produced in the union this winter season.

Ayub Ali, Hamida Begum, and Abul Kashem of Vaterchar village said they have achieved tremendous success in producing various chemical and pesticide free vegetables by using homemade vermicomposting.

Many farmers of the village also have become solvent by producing chemical free organic vegetables as demand is very high in the area, said DAE officials.

Chandi Das Kundu, director Field Service Wing of Department of Agriculture Extension, says two villages in every upazila will be brought under the ‘Safe Vegetable Village’ project to cultivate safe vegetables.

Narayanpur is one of them, he added.

Belabo upazila agriculture officer Naziur Rouf Khan said  a total of 150 farmers have been trained in three blocks of the union to cultivate vegetables on 30-hectares of land this season.

On 15 December, a team led by Chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, Syeda Sarwar Jahan, visited the area.

She said a market will be set up in the municipality to sell chemical free and safe vegetables of the upazila.