The NATP-2 initiative has helped farmers in the region to reap profits after incurring losses during the floods earlier this year
The char areas adjacent to the Padma River in Rajbari's Sadar upazila are witnessing a bumper cauliflower yield, thanks to the National Agriculture Technology Project-2 (NATP-2).
Not only cauliflower but also a wide array of winter vegetable is blooming in the region. They are in high demand at local markets as they are free of pesticides, and good in taste.
The NATP-2 initiative has helped farmers in the region to reap profits after incurring losses during the floods earlier this year.
The project's outcome can be seen in Sadar upazila's Barat, Mulghar, Basantapur, and Shahid Wahab Pur unions.
Apart from cauliflower, farmers in the said unions are also cultivating cabbage, eggplant, pumpkin, beans, radish and long beans in areas spanning over 850 hectares, according to sources at the district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office.
Farmers are also receiving fair prices for their produce, they mentioned.
Md Khalil, a farmer from Gopalbari village under Barat union of Sadar upazila, cultivated cauliflower on 1.5 bigha of the exhibition plots under the local DAE office.
After extracting them, he sells each kilogram of cauliflower for Tk 55-60. He only had to spend Tk20,000, which brought him a profit of Tk1.5 lakh, he added.
Like Khalil, many others echoed that winter vegetable cultivation has changed their luck by reducing poverty.
Sajeda Begum, another farmer from the same village, fared with similar results in pumpkin and eggplant cultivation. She sold both of them for Tk30 per kilogram.
Md Bahauddin Sheikh, agriculture officer at Sadar upazila, said traditionally most of the farmers were dependent only on farming paddy and wheat, but recently the practice has been changed; instead of farming paddy and wheat thousands of farmers are now cultivating different types of winter vegetables.
Not only the traditional farmers, but marginalized people who do not have any cropland are also using unused land around their house to grow vegetables, he added.