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Bean becomes a boost to Sylhet farmers

4Bean farming is gradually becoming popular here as more and more farmers are cultivating the vegetable on their lands. The vegetable, produced aplenty, is supplied to the local market after meeting up the local demand.
Sources said, farmers are passing busy times in harvesting bean from their lands. Farming of bean requires less cost and time, so a number of farmers have planted bean at their courtyards also.
Masuk Miah, a vegetable grower of Lalabazar union under Dakshin Surma upazila in Sylhet district said, “I have planted bean on three acres of land spending Tk 17,000. I harvested three to four maunds of bean in each week and sold per maund at Tk 2,200. Local traders are directly collecting bean from my land. If I could sell bean to outside wholesalers I would get better price.”
Aftab Ali, a bean farmer at Khajakhalu village in the same upazila said, he cultivated bean in two acres of land spending Tk 13,000 and already sold the vegetable of more than 18,000 taka.
If farmers follow modern cultivation methods and if good varieties of seed are used bean cultivation will improve in the district, experts opined.
District Agriculture Office sources said, bean was cultivated on about 40 hectares of land last year and total production was about 307 metric tonnes.
According to the sources, soil of this district is suitable for all types of vegetables cultivation. If agriculture office cooperates with farmers bean farming will see a better fortune here.