A total of 8,457 hectors of land has been fixed under winter vegetables cultivation with the production target of 1,86,054 metric tonnes under the auspices of District Agriculture Extension Department this winter season.
The Upazila wise breaks up are, 3370 hectares would be brought under winter vegetables cultivation in Sadar Upazila with production target 74,140 metric tonnes, 965 hectares in Alamdanga Upazila with production target 21,230 tonnes, 1550 hectares in Damurhuda with production target 34,100 tonnes and 2572 hectares Jibannagar Upazila with production target 56,584 tonnes, According to Sub-assistant Agriculture officer of Development Section of DAED Mosle Uddin, Farmers are busy for planting and sowing winter vegetables in four upazilas of Chuadanga district recently. The vegetables’ plants and seedlings are being planted and sowed including cauliflower, cabbage, radish, eggplant, spiach, ridge gourd, lady’s finger, bean, tomato, red leaves, carrots, onion and others in sadar upazila, Alamdanga upazila, Damurhuda upazila and Jibannagar upazila. . The farmers have been using winter vegetables by spreading improved quality plants and seeds. The crop specialists and field-level officials of the DAE have started providing service to the cultivators following directives of the government, Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer of Jibannagar upazila Agriculture Office Simul Parvez said.
It may be mentioned here, vegetables and any herbaceous plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, bulbs, leaves, are used as curry items. About 50 different types of vegetables comprising both local and exotic type are grown in the district. Vegetables is important for nutritional, financial and food security in Chuadanga.
Farmers of the areas are going to cultivate winter vegetables on commercial basis. Not only they maintain their families by selling their winter vegetables but also meet up their families curry. On the other hand many people especially marginal farmers are cultivating these on their homestead. To prevent attack of insects farmers use different pesticides in vegetables field for huge production, sources added.
Deputy Director of Chuadanga DAED Bevash Chandra Saha told that the concerned officials have also started visiting rural areas of the uapzilas to let the cultivators know about the latest methods of winter vegetables cultivation for getting best yield by reducing production costs.