Farmers of Rajbai are becoming more interested in cultivating winter vegetables as it is more profitable than cash crops like paddy and wheat.
Farmers, along with their family members, are seen working round the clock in their fields for preparing land for cultivating winter vegetables.
Not only the traditional farmers but the poor people, who do not have any cropland, are also using unused land around their house to grow vegetables.
Cauliflower, gourd cabbage bean, eggplant, radish, potato, pumpkin, chilly, tomato and many others varieties of vegetables already have been planted in the land.
The people living in remote villages and in char areas are now less interested in cultivating wheat or paddy as the crops cost more with less profit.
A vegetables grower Safiqul Islam, 50, who was ploughing in his land at Katakhali village under Chotobhkla union of Goalondo upazila in the district, said at the end of the season of the winter vegetable will bring him profit and smile.
Another farmer Alimuddin Mandal, 65, said once he was depended on growing paddy and wheat, but the crops helped very little to ease his poverty.
Later, on the advice of agricultural officer he started cultivating vegetable in his land and was get inspired with the production.
He added: “Paddy and wheat have failed to bring peace in my family, but vegetable did.”
Another farmer Rahim Shikder, who was from Rajbar Municipality under Rajbar sadar upazila of the district, said he started cultivating vegetables in one acre of unused land in 2010. Then the production and the profit inspire him to grow vegetable again and again.
Last year Rahim cultivated bean in one acre land and got about four maund of bean then received a handsome amount of profit by selling the vegetable.
He added that “vegetable cultivation has changed my luck.”
Like Rahim Many others will echoed that vegetable cultivation has changed their luck by reducing poverty.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) of Rajbari officials said several thousand farmers at 40 villages cultivated vegetables in about 5120 acres that is approximately 20720.31 hector of land under five upazilas in the district in last year.
Farmers at least at 40 villages, including Chotobhakla, Katakhali, Keutil, Daulatdia, Char Daulatdia, Ujanchar, Betka, Charbethka, Khankhanapur, Bosontopur, Ramkantopur, Baharpur, Islampur, Belgachi, khangonj, Chadani, Mizanpur, are now busy with the cultivation and preparing land as vegetable bed.
Rokibul Islam, agriculture officer of Rajbari 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 vegetables.
Farmers have been facing load shading, water crises, fertilizer crisis and many other difficulties, but they did not gave up their hope to grow more vegetable to earn more money to ease their lives, he added.
Rokibul hope that if the government can help them a little by reducing their difficulties the farmers would produce much better production then they are producing now.
Mohammad Golam Kibriya, deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension, said vegetable cultivation has been helping people to eliminate extreme poverty.
He added that agriculture officials are always helping the farmers both technically and methodically to cultivate vegetables in their lands.