The initiative was a pilot project by the upazila agriculture office on a two-kilometer stretch of land next to Lakhpur area's Shukhlal-Bhallavpur highway in Fakirhat
Farmers in Bagerhat's Fakirhat upazila are experiencing success after cultivating beans on abandoned lands.
The initiative was a pilot project by the upazila agriculture office on a two-kilometer stretch of land next to Lakhpur area's Shukhlal-Bhallavpur highway in Fakirhat.
Sources at the agriculture office said farmers became interested in participating in the project, as very little investment was required to cultivate in the area previously considered barren.
Nasrul Millat, agriculture officer at Fakirhat said the bean seedlings were acquired from Sreemangal and then distributed to the farmers at free of cost.
"The bean seedbeds are blooming on the lands which were previously considered barren. The project has elevated several farmers out of poverty," he added.
Gaffar Morol, a bean farmer in the project, was initially skeptical about the prospects of cultivating beans on the roadside.
"But after witnessing bumper yield and fair price for my produce in the market, I am more than satisfied," he mentioned, adding:"Next year I will increase my production."
Joydeb Biswas, another bean farmer, said he and others had begun cultivating well before the cultivation season had commenced, thanks to the elevated structure of the land.
Razzak Sheikh, a bean farmer, mentioned the elevated land had withstood the waterlogging crisis that was caused by Cyclone Bulbul.
Biplob Das, local deputy agriculture officer, said they had to take a lot of effort in convincing the farmers to participate in the pilot project. "But now that everybody experienced success, many more are signing up for bean cultivation in the roadside project next year."
Large numbers of farmers are now engaged in bean cultivation commercially in the recent times considering its economic prospect and as it proved highly profitable, changing the lives of many people in the region.
DAE imparts training to the farmers on beans farming and supply seed free of cost to encourage more farmers towards bean farming.
Local farmers and traders have demanded that the government build a cold storage in the area so that they can preserve their agricultural products.