Farmers in different upazilas (administrative units) of Cumilla district are looking at a bumper production of winter vegetables -and fair prices- this season, thanks to the favourable weather condition.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), farmers cultivated various high-yielding verities of winter vegetables on 12, 920 hectares of land with the production target of 279,000 tons -- 21.6 tons per hectare. They have cultivated a wide variety of vegetables like potato, radish, brinjal, tomato, carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, gourd, and bean.
The winter vegetables were cultivated on 1,400 hectares of land in Chandina, 1,130 hectares in Muradnagar, 650 hectares in Daudkandi, 750 in Homna, 1,000 hectares in Adarsha Sadar, 1,330 hectares in Burichang, 540 hectares in Brahmanpara, 590 hectares in Chauddagram, 220 hectares in Laksam, 350 in Nangalkot, 1,310 hectares in Barura, 700 hectares in Meghna, 500 hectares in Titas, 100 hectares in Monoharganj and 900 hectares in Sadar Dakkhin upazila.
Surji Chandra Datta, deputy director at Cumilla DAE, said, “We’ve motivated the farmers to cultivate the early variety of winter vegetables. Our farmers will be able, for sure, to achieve the production target.” Agriculture officials are providing necessary support to the farmers and there is no problem in vegetable cultivation so far, he told unb.com.bd.