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Sylhet farmers busy growing summer veg

Our Correspondent | May 01, 2018 00:00:00

SYLHET, Apr 30: A good number of farmers of Sylhet division are now busy in growing summer vegetables. Against the target of 17,333 hectares of land, already 16,830 hectares have already been brought under the farming, an official of DAE, Sylhet divisional office, informed on Monday afternoon.

The area includes 5630 hectares in Sylhet which has a target of 5725 hectares, 3850 hectares in Moulvibazar, having a target of 3848 hectares and 4900 hectares in Habiganj which had the target at 5200 hectares. In Sunamganj district the acheievd area is 2450 against a target of 2560 hectares, the official added.

Cultivation of all types of vegetable has been on the rise in the region this year with a favourable weather behaviour as yet.

The farming area would be increased albeit as there is time for some of the crops, said additional director of DAE, Sylhet divisional office, Md Altabur Rahman. Some selected poor farmers were earlier given some seed and other assistance this year, he said, better price of the crops had prompted the common farmers to some uncommon crops even. Besides, the special programme for bringing arable lands under farming in the Sylhet division also played a little in this regard, the senior official added.

Zaber Ahmed, a farmer of Biswanathergaon village under Biswanath upazila, said the high price of vegetables after the repeated floods last season inspired many cultivators while some non-traditional vegetable varieties also became popular due to the better returns, he added.

A good number of farmers are also using organic fertilisers, he said, adding, the DAE provides some assistance for setting vermicompost units through some leading farmers at villages with a target to popularizing it among the new farmers.

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