RANGPUR, Apr 19: Farmers of different upazilas in the district are getting financially benefited by growing snake bean (Barbati) on their lands in recent years.
Due to congenial weather, low labour cost and high demand, farming of the vegetable is on the rise across the district.
Sources informed the farmers of the region have geared up vegetables farming including snake bean during the current season with much enthusiasm as they made huge profit last year from the cultivation of the same. The farmers of the district are expected to attain a good yield of their produces this season as they prefer farming vegetables to other crops, sources further said.
While visiting some areas of the region this correspondent found the farmers busy taking care of their vegetable fields. Some delighted farmers were also harvesting their produces which produced abundantly in their fields.
Helal Mia, a farmer at Ranipukur area under Mithapukur upazila, said he has been farming snake bean for the last four years. He is fortunate enough farming this vegetable, as its farming gives him good profit, he added.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Rangpur official sources snake bean and some other varieties of vegetables farming have gradually gained popularity in the region during last five or six years.
The local markets are witnessing trading of a large quantity of the snake bean everyday. The quantity is on the rise as there has been a bumper production of the vegetable this year, said Rabiul islam, a wholesaler at Rangpur City Bazar.
The vegetable growers alleged that owing to lack of preservation facilities they have to face difficulties with their produce. If they get adequate preservation facilities they would earn more profit, they added.
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