Asma Begum, a spice farmer of Fulgachha village under Mogholhat union in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila has achieved tremendous success of farming different spices. She cultivated black-pepper and cardamom for the whole of last year but she at present is trying to cultivate spices to be sold for commercial purpose.
Asma Begum is cultivating cinnamon, curry leaf, cumin, nigella seed, fenugreek leaf, fennel seed, black cumin in her nursery. She will get the production of the spice next year, she hoped.
"I am getting production of spice items citron, mint, bell-pepper, red-chili, coriander, fresh coriander, turmeric, garlic, onion and bay leaf from my nursery. I have been earning expected profit from the spices", Asma said.
Asma Begum, wife Fakar Islam started spices farming four years back after getting an easy loan of Tk60,000 from a local NGO. She established a spice nursery at her homestead with the help her husband and four children.
“After meeting up family demand, I sell rest of my produced spice items especially black-pepper and cardamom,” she said.
Local villager Kutub Miah said local people are also getting an interest on spice farming after observing bright success of Asma Begum in the village.
Lalmonirhat Branch Manager of the NGO Muslim Aid Bangladesh Zahedul Islam said the organistaion will support Asma Begum for farming spice items as she brings bright success on spice farming that will encourage the local farmers also.
Ifat Kibria Al-Naim, a scientific officer of Spices Research Sub-Centre in Lalmonirhat said the soil of the district is very suitable for farming spices.
“We are experimenting in the research centre how our farmers can get expected output from spice farming,” he added, according to BSS. - Idrak