Vegetable farming makes 1,000 families self-reliant

Over 1,000 poor families in 16 char unions of Narsingdi Sadar, Belabo and Raipura upazilas of the district achieved economic self-reliance by cultivating vegetables during the last ten years.
Before taking up vegetable farming as the means of their livelihood, at least half of them were struck by poverty in the erosion prone sandy chars on Meghna, Brahamaputra and Arial khan river basins of the district.
Now they are leading a good life with three-time meals a day, sanitary latrine facilities and their children are going to school and madrasa.
Local people said, the people who were extremely poor eight to ten years ago are now leading a happy life only because of vegetable farming.
They said the poor farmers are cultivating vegetables on the vast tracts of sandy char areas and growing various types of vegetables like kakrol, chichinga, borboti, potato, sweet potato, tomato, bean, brinjal, patol, jhinga, cucumber, pumkin, onion, ground nut and chilli.
Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture Extension, (DAE) Narsingdi Latafat Hossain said the DAE has given the necessary help and logistic support to the poor char farmers.
Besides, they have given training to produce pesticide free vegetables.
He said huge quantity of vegetables is now going to the capital city and other districts of the country from Narsingdi and also being exported to foreign countries.
The Deputy Director said vegetable farming has brought revolutionary changes in the rural economy of the areas. — BSS