DAE fixes 86.50 lakh tonnes winter vegetables production target

DAE fixes 86.50 lakh tonnes winter vegetables production target

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The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has fixed a target of producing 86.50 lakh tonnes winter vegetables from 4.40 lakh hectares land during this Rabi season throughout the country, official sources said Monday.At the same time, special steps have been taken to make the programme successful through providing necessary assistance to the farmers as they have been showing more interests in farming winter vegetables after achieving repeated success in recent years.Under the programme, the DAE has fixed a target of producing a record quantity of 60.65 lakh tonnes of different variety of winter vegetables from over 3.08 lakh hectares land in the northern
Bangladesh during the current Rabi season, the sources said.Meanwhile, the early variety of winter vegetables have already appeared in the local markets bringing smiles to the farmers with lucrative prices in the beginning of the season, officials, farmers and market sources said.Horticulture Specialist of the DAE Khandker M Mesbahul Islam said that the farmers have started cultivation of winter vegetables after harvesting early and short duration variety Aman paddies like BRRI dhan 33, 56 and 57, BU dhan 1, BINA dhan 7 and others side by side continuing harvests of early variety vegetables. “Farming of winter vegetables will get full momentum when harvest of traditional variety T-Aman will begin in full swing from the third
week of November,” he added.The DAE officials and farmers are expecting bumper production of winter vegetables during the current Rabi season following favourable climatic conditions and adequate assistance being provided by the government to the farmers.Deputy Directors of the DAE Feroz Ahmed and Belayet Hossain said some of the winter vegetables have already appeared in the local markets following its early farming under newer cropping patterns amid changed climatic conditions.Meanwhile, the vegetables traders and middlemen have already started exporting some of early variety winter vegetables to Dhaka and other parts of the country by trucks from different points in the region.Officials said the DAE, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation and NGOs have started supplying adequate quality seeds, agro- inputs and providing necessary technical assistance to the farmers.Rangpur Regional Additional Director of the DAE Sikander Ali said the farmers are showing more interests in cultivating vegetables everywhere as thousands of them have changed fates through expanded farming of winter vegetables in recent years. -BSS, Rangpur

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