GAIBANDHA, Mar 10 (BSS)-Vast tracts of land on the river bed of Jamuna and Teesta under four upazilas in the district were brought under different crops cultivation during the current season.
According to sources hundreds of river eroded and threatened people living on the river basin and the different char dwellers of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Saghata upazilas of the district cultivated different types of crops and vegetables on the both sides of the rivers this season just after removing water from the river beds.
Now, the cultivated crops and the vegetables on the river beds have grown well and they have taken greenish look. All the farmers are seen to nurture the crops field to boost production of yield.
"I have cultivated late variety ganzia paddy which is very tasty and popular to all on ten bighas of land on the river bed of the mighty river Brahmaputra this season to get desired production with minimum cost," said Nurunnabi Sarker, a farmer of Kunderpara char under Kamarjani Union of Sadar Upazila in the district.
Another farmer of the char M. Abul Hossain said, "He has cultivated maize on eight bighas of land on the river bed this season side by side with cultivating chili and eggplants on five bighas of land like the previous years to earn money from it to maintain the family".
Like Nurunnabi and Abul Hossain all the char dwellers have cultivated different types of crops including ganzia paddy, maize, chili, eggplants, groundnut and various vegetables on the char land lying on the eastern river bed to earn their livelihood.
As the land on the river bed is very fertile, there is no necessary to use more chemical fertilizers on the crop field to grow the varieties successfully, said sub assistant agriculture officer of Kamarjani Union of Sadar Upazila M. Mokbul Hossain.
The growers are producing crops on the land of the river-bed and getting desired yield against the crops every season through investing a little amount of money, he also said.
The harvest of some of the vegetables like eggplant, bean, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, chili, balsam apple, parable and gourd has already started and the growers are earning money by selling those in the local markets, said Delwar Hossain, a successful farmer of Kamarjani Union of Sadar Upazila.
If the growers of char land bought their produces in the town markets at fair prices by ensuring transport and other facilities like the people of the mainland, they would have been benefited more, he also said.
Talking to BSS deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension AH Bazlur Rashid said the chars and river basin people were being motivated by the field level agriculture officials frequently.
The aim of the motivation is to bring the unused vast tracts of river beds under different crops and vegetables farming to meet its demand and to make the growers economically benefited and self reliant, he also concluded.