Capsicum cultivation of foreign vegetables is increasing day by day in the char areas of Bhola due to higher profit at a lower cost. And the fate of the farmers is changing by cultivating these foreign vegetables. Farmers are claiming that it is possible to bring about a revolution in the cultivation of this vegetable in the char areas of Bhola after receiving training and assistance in capsicum cultivation. On the other hand, they also want benefits in export.
It has been learned on the spot that a farmer named Monir Pathan started cultivating foreign vegetable capsicum experimentally about 6 to 7 years ago in Char Madanpur of Char Madanpur Union of Char and Daulatkhan Upazila in Kachia Union of Bhola Sadar Upazila.
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After success in the first year, he started cultivating this foreign vegetable commercially the next year. As it is more profitable at low cost, the number of cultivators and cultivators of this vegetable has increased 4 times in the last 3 years. At present, about 300 farmers are cultivating capsicum on about 150 acres of land in the middle of Bhola Sadar Char and Daulatkhan Char Madanpur.
Bhola Sadar Upazila Kachia Union Capsicum farmer in the middle of the char. Tashir Faraji said he has been cultivating capsicum in this char for the last 5 years. This year too he cultivates 1 acre of land. It has cost about 1 lakh rupees. There has been plenty to eat.
Which has doubled the yield than last year. So far you have sold capsicum for Rs 50,000 and you can sell it for another Rs 3 to 4 lakh. He added that last year there were some insect-spider attacks to eat but this year there is no insect attack due to the use of pesticides.
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Daulatkhan Upazila Madanpur Union Char Madanpur Capsicum farmer said. Sheikh Farid said, one of my friends has benefited by cultivating capsicum. Seeing this, I talked to him and started cultivating capsicum for the last 3 years. I have also benefited by cultivating capsicum.
He added, “We used to cultivate 20 to 30 capsicum in this char.” The number of farmers has increased day by day as it is more profitable. There is no loss in capsicum cultivation.
Abdul Rob, a capsicum farmer in the same area, said, “We pick up and pack the capsicum from the field.” Then I launch it and take it to Dhaka and sell it in the wholesale yard. If capsicum could be sold in the Bhola market, we would have less trouble and could have made more profit.
No. 1 Char Madanpur Union UP member. Alauddin said capsicum is currently being cultivated on 100 Kani (180 acres) of land in the char between Madanpur and Kachia. But I don’t get any training or help from the government. If we get training and support from the government, then in the future we will cultivate capsicum in 500 Kani (600 acres) of land in two chars. I will be able to witness the revolution of Capsicum in the char areas of Bhola.
Bhola Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension Abu. Enayet Ullah said Bhola district has increased by 15 hectares in the last 2018-19 financial year, 36 hectares in the 2019-20 financial year, and 60 hectares in the 2020-21 financial year. In other words, the statistics of the last three years show that the cultivation of this profitable vegetable is increasing day by day in Bhola.
Capsicum seeds are suitable for sale within three months of sowing, he added. We will provide training and various assistance to farmers to increase capsicum cultivation in the Bhola district in the future. I hope capsicum cultivation will increase 4 times next year. Besides, farmers will not get a good price if they sell capsicum in the Bhola market. Because there are many wholesale warehouses in Dhaka, farmers are able to earn more money by selling there.