Vegetable growers in Kushtia were passing their days worried about not getting fair prices for their produce at wholesale markets before the Bangladesh army came to their rescue by purchasing vegetables directly from the fields.
It seems that wholesale buyers from Dhaka were profiting, while local marginal farmers were counting their losses. Due to the restrictions in place on travelling during the ongoing Corona-virus pandemic, farmers in the region are left without any options other than to sell off their vegetables to wholesalers at lower prices. As a result, though the wholesalers and middlemen are benefiting, there is no profit for marginal farmers.
Amid the farmer’s concern about not getting fair prices, members of 20 East Bengal Regiment of Bangladesh Army of Jessore Cantonment have taken an initiative to buy vegetables from marginalized farmers at Kushtia, at market prices and distribute them among needy families in the region.
The program started on Thursday and as a result, a large number of farmers in the area have benefited and are satisfied with the cash they have received.