Shafiq Swapan Madaripur: With government incentives, favorable weather conditions and farmers’ motivation, bag farming is becoming popular in Madaripur day by day. Farmers are turning to sack method of vegetable cultivation due to lower cost and more profit in waterlogged and fallow land. Farmers are profiting by cultivating vegetables commercially in this method. Due to the good yield and huge demand of these vegetables in the market, the farmers are getting motivated to grow vegetables day by day. Now the farmers are spending busy time in marketing the various vegetables produced by sack method. And in this method, the agriculturalists see immense potential in vegetable cultivation.

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Farmer Mantosh Biswas of Kalkini Upazila Gopalpur Union of Madaripur has succeeded in dealing with the adverse conditions caused by climate change and growing vegetables experimentally in the sack method on waterlogged and non-productive fallow land. With the advice of the Department of Agriculture, fertilizer, seeds and materials support, vegetables are being cultivated in the waterlogged land of Bill using sack method. And this is the game. Rows of gourds, bitter gourds, chichingas, gourds are hanging on the scaffolding of farmer Mantosh Biswas. Seeing the success of farmer Mantosh, many people in the area are showing interest in vegetable farming in sack method.

Farmer Mantosh Biswas told Morning Times, I have benefited by cultivating vegetables in this way on my fallow land. With the support of Upazila Agriculture Department, 35 sacks and 7 DP system cost 7 to 8 thousand rupees for vegetable cultivation. Vegetables worth 15/16 thousand rupees have already been sold. We expect to sell more vegetables worth 25 to 30 thousand rupees. Cultivation method: At the beginning of the sack method of cultivation, 30 kg of soil is filled with a mixture of bio-fertilizers, manure and chemical fertilizers in sacks and raised to a height of about three feet. After a few days, seeds of various vegetables are sown or planted in it, including gourd, chichinga, gourd, bitter gourd, shrimp, puishak, pepper, ginger, barbati, sweet pumpkin, garlic, and papaya. A bamboo chali or loft is made 4 to 6 feet above the sack and DP. The leaves of various vegetables are growing on the nets woven with ropes on the chali and various types of vegetables are hanging there.

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Seeing Mantosh Biswas, many people in the area have taken the initiative to start vegetable farming in the sack method as vegetable cultivation is cheaper and more profitable. Local farmer Syed Shamim said, Mantosh Biswas of our area has succeeded in farming by sack method in fallow land, which I like to see. I will also cultivate this sack method in some of my abandoned land. Local youth Pulin Mandal said, Mantosh Biswas saw good vegetable yield in fallow land by sack method. And the vegetables are delicious to eat so we buy vegetables from here.

Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer Sanjay Baroi said, we have been giving suggestions at various times from the Upazila Agriculture Office to the sack system, said Upazila Agriculture Officer Milton Biswas, all the materials for farming such as seeds, fertilizers, macha making materials. It is possible to revolutionize vegetable cultivation in sack system in relatively low, fallen, waterlogged and natural adverse environment.

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Upazila Agriculture Officer Milton Biswas said that under the agricultural development project of 7 districts including Greater Barisal, vegetable cultivation has been started with all techniques and incentives including distribution of necessary materials. Farmers have been successful in this. Farmer Mantosh Biswas is an example of vegetable cultivation using sack method in the relatively low waterlogging and non-productive fallow lands and adverse weather conditions. It is expected that if vegetables are cultivated in this way, there will be a big revolution in the field of agriculture.



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