A bumper production of winter vegetables is likely in Rangpur.
According to officials, the farmers have already exceeded the fixed farming target of crops during the current Rabi season.
The farmers have so far exceeded the fixed farming target of winter vegetables by 1.32 per cent by producing 682,000 tonne of vegetables in the region.
Under the programme, the farmer have cultivated the crops in 10,690 hectares of land in Rangpur, 7,375 hectares in Gaibandha, 6,400 hectares in Kurigram, 5,360 hectares in Lalmonirhat and 5,433 hectares of land in Nilphamari districts.
Horticulture Specialist of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam said cultivation of vegetables, both during winter and summer seasons, has become popular in recent times brining huge profits to the farmers.
The DAE, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation and many NGOs have supplied adequate quality seeds, other agro-inputs and provided necessary technical assistance to the farmers.
Besides, different commercial banks, including Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank and NGOs have disbursed agriculture loans and interest-free loans among the farmers to make the massive winter vegetables farming programme successful.
Meanwhile, continuous harvests of the early variety winter vegetables with excellent yields have brought smiles to the farmers as they are getting better prices at the beginning of the season, farmers and market sources said.
According to DAE sources, the farmers have still been continuing cultivation of winter vegetables after harvesting the early, short and long duration variety Aman rice along with continuing harvest of the early variety vegetables.
Meanwhile, the vegetables traders and middlemen have been continuing export of huge quantities of early variety vegetables to Dhaka and other parts of the country from different points in all five districts under Rangpur agriculture region every day.
Rangpur Regional Acting Additional Director of DAE S M Ashraf 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, according to BSS. - Idrak