RAJSHAHI, Oct 03 (BSS): Summer cabbage farming has b gained popularity as many people are cultivating the high-value crop commercially in the region, including its vast Barind tract, during the last couple of years.
The unseasonal vegetable crop is seen selling in both the wholesale and retail markets at exorbitant prices for over a month inspiring many others to grow the cash crop.
Muhammad Milon (45), a farmer of Golai village under Godagari Upazila, has cultivated cabbage on around 10 bighas of land and has been selling it for the last two weeks.
Demands of the unseasonal vegetable have been increasing gradually due to rising awareness among the public in general about the importance of food values as the nutritious foods as well.
Entazul Haque (54), another farmer of Fulbari village, has cultivated the crop on three bighas of land and has completed selling one bigha. The non-season vegetable is giving better profit to the growers compared to the winter season at present.
He said cabbage is mainly a winter vegetable but the farmers have been cultivating it during the summer season in the region for the last couple of years to earn more money as the consumer-level demand is gradually mounting.
Azizul Islam (45), a farmer of Imamganj village under Godagari upazila, has cultivated the vegetable on around one and half bigha of land with more than 10,500 plants during the current season after getting success on ten kathas of land in the previous season.
"I have been selling the newly harvested vegetable at Tk 60 per kilogram on an average for the last two weeks," he said, adding the income from the sale has increased manyfold on late season of winter.
Professor Mahbubur Rahman Khan of the Department of Medicine in Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital opined that increasing consumption of plant-based foods like cabbage decreases the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart diseases.
It can also help promote a healthy complexion, increased energy and overall lower weight.
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