Beans farming bring fortune for many Barind farmers

Beans farming bring fortune for many Barind farmers

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Beans cultivation has become an effective means of bringing fortune for many farmers in the vast Barind tract comprising Rajshahi, Chapainawabgonj and Naogaon districts.
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.While visiting some farming areas of the region like Huzripara, Chowbaria, Darusha, Rajabari, Haripur and Pakira recently this reporter found farmers working in their bean-field with much enthusiasm.The farmers are also becoming habituated in cultivating beans in the land demarcation lands of paddy cultivation fields as they are earning extra benefits from the same land. According to the officials of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), the farmers cultivated early variety beans on around 500 hectares land in the barind in the current paddy season. Two varieties-Rupban and Ghritakanchon- are very much popular among the farmers as those are high yielding. DAE officials impart training to the farmers on beans farming and supply seed free of cost to encourage more other farmers towards the beans farming. Ahad Ali, a farmer of Kantapasha village under Godagari Upazila of Rajshahi, said that he cultivated beans on six bighas of land this year. It was only one bigha a few years ago. “After obtaining my master’s degree, I joined a school. At the same time I started bean cultivation as it is very profitable.” He informed that bean farming on a bigha of land costs Tk 12,000 to 14,000. If there is no natural calamity, a farmer can get 80 to 100 maunds of bean from the land in a season. One can easily earn a profit of Tk 15,000 to 20,000 per bigha. Many farmers have changed their lot by growing bean. A few bean farmers, however, said they often fail to get fair price of the product. According the farmers, four to five thousand taka is required to cultivate bean on one bigha of land. Sowing of bean seeds begins at the end of Bangla month of Ashar, but the full season begins fromm Kartik.
At the beginning of the season, beans are sold at exorbitant prices. Gradually the prices come down with huge supply making the buyers happy and the farmers unhappy. Local farmers and traders have demanded that the government should build a cold storage in the area so that they can preserve their agricultural products. –BSS, Rajshahi

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