Broccoli farming becomes boon for grassroots farmers in Paba of Rajshahi as they are getting more income from the vegetable Dhaka Tribune

The dark green nutritious vegetable has become a boon for many grassroots farmers as they are getting more income from the vegetable cultivation compared to many other conventional ones in the region

Cultivation of broccoli, a foreign variety of vegetable, is gaining popularity among the farmers in the Barind land of Rajshahi.The dark green nutritious vegetable has become a boon for many grassroots farmers as they are getting more income from the vegetable cultivation compared to many other conventional ones in the region.

Like the previous couple of years, the newly harvested vegetable along with other ones has appeared in the local markets abundantly at present, making both the sellers and buyers happy, reports our correspondent Dulal Abdullah. 

Broccoli is a winter vegetable, as is the cauliflower. Although it is very popular in the United States and Italy, the people of our country are not very familiar with it.

The vegetable is rich with nutrients such as proteins, vitamin C, and other minerals. In addition, it is also a vegetable that has gained popularity for having qualities to prevent cancer.

The vegetable has brought a diversification in the kitchen markets besides adding a new dimension in the local economy, experts’ sources said.

“I’m heavily satisfied upon getting the seasonal vegetable regularly since the winter season began,” said Monwara Begum, a housewife of Sultanabad area in Rajshahi city. Currently, she buys broccoli at Tk30 per piece.

Rahman Aziz, a vendor of Shyampur area, has been selling the vegetable more or less every day for the last three to four weeks. 

Demand for the vegetable has increased to a great extent, he added.

Meanwhile, cultivation of broccoli has gradually been gaining popularity in the region including its vast Barind tract for the last six to seven years due to its lucrative market price and gradually mounting demand.

According to BSS sources, side by side with other conventional winter vegetables, the cash crop is seen appearing in the local markets everyday bringing diversity in the vegetable markets, both wholesale and retail ones. The non-conventional winter vegetable has started turning into a conventional one.

Babul Hossain, a farmer of Parila village under Paba upazila, said many farmers are cultivating the seasonal cash crop in the area as they are getting a better market price for their yield compared to many other crops.

He said there is a bright prospect of broccoli farming commercially in the country’s northwest region.



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