Brinjal farmers of Narsingdi go through heavy losses

Life Style Desk, Panna Islam Pappu, Dhaka Office: Brinjal farmers of Narsingdi go through heavy losses, Several thousand brinjal farmers within the Narsingdi Sadar, Shibpur, Belabo and Raipura Upazilas of Narsingdi district are feeling frustrated due to the heavy losses they have got suffered with their summer brinjal crop. Prices of the vegetable plummeted due to bumper manufacturing and large resources to distinctive wholesale markets of all of the six upazilas during April 1 to April 8.

The brinjal cultivators were compelled to promote their produce inside the numerous neighborhood wholesale markets at a nominal charge.

Wholesale traders bought brinjal on the fee of Tk one hundred for 40 kg, farmer Jashim Uddin of Khamarerchar village, underneath Belabo Upaila, told journalists of the Narsingdi Press Club when they visited two huge vegetable wholesale markets, Johor bazaar in Shibpur Upazila on April 7 and Jangi Shibpur bazaar on April 8, in Raipura Upazila.
In the start of the summer time vegetable season, brinjal cultivators observed themselves disadvantaged of fair price for their products due to oversupply within the neighborhood wholesale markets. The growers has also stopped harvesting brinjal from their fields because of the losses and for being not able to get better their investments, stated Abdul Karim, a vegetable wholesaler in Jangi Shibpur bazaar.

The farmers are now in monetary problem and do no longer realize the way to offer for their households. Abdul Jalil, a farmer of Morzal village, underneath Raipura Upazila, told this correspondent that he had cultivated brinjal on 3 bighas of land and female’s arms on 2 bighas. But because of a bumper manufacturing and big supply of brinjal within the wholesale markets, he turned into forced to promote his produce at a fee as low as Tk 100 in keeping with 40 kg within the neighborhood Johaor bazaar on April 7.

He stated final 12 months and the year earlier than brinjal had fetched Tk 380 to Tk four hundred according to 40 kg.

Like Abdul Jalil, many farmers of Shibpur, Belabo and Raipura Upazilas pointed out their woes caused by their inability to despatch their produce to different locations because of high transportation expenses. They at the moment are concerned about the way to sustain themselves inside the coming days.

Preservation of brinjal is a difficult venture within the absence of any cold garage facilities inside the district. The scenario has pressured the growers to sell the produce at a rate much decrease than the manufacturing cost. The charges of other veggies, too, have come down inside the wholesale vegetable markets in Narsingdi district.

Lotafat Hossain Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Narsingdi, said farmers of the district had cultivated summer time greens on approximately 9,500 hectares of land in the district’s six upazilas this season. Brinjal changed into grown on approximately four,000 hectares and the production become good this 12 months.

Abdur Karim of Jangi Shibpur bazaar vegetable wholesale market in Raipura Upazila said the most important vegetable markets in Shibpur, Jangi- Shibpur, Baroicha, Narayanpur Johor, Chaitonya and Morzal have been swamped by using brinjal but there have been not as many buyers.

Abdul Hye, Narsingdi Sadar Upazila Agriculture Official, said that veggies have been being damaged at the field degree because of bumper manufacturing and huge supply of brinjal within the market. Moreover, the cultivators were not sending their produce special locations because of high transportation cost, resulting in losses.

Vegetable cultivator Abdul Gafur of Adiabad village in Raipura upazila stated costs of insecticides, fertilisers and bamboo had long gone up and so had labour fee.

Vegetable growers said there have been no bloodless shops or vegetable processing factories in the district, even though it produces a huge quantity of the usa’s total vegetable produce. In the absence of maintenance facilities and bloodless stores, growers were compelled to promote their vegetables inside the top season at nominal costs, while abandoned vegetables perishing in the fields.

The farmers entreated the authorities and industrialists to set up a terrific wide variety of bloodless shops in the Shibpur, Raipura and Belabo Upazilas within the interest of farmers.


Life Style Desk,