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Sylhet farmers happy over cultivation of Jhinga

48Farmers in different upazilas in Sylhet district are happy as they are making handsome profit through cultivation of ridge gourd (Jhinga) during the current season.
Abul of Kamal bazar village under Dakshin Surma Upazila in the district told that he brought two bighas of land under cultivation of Jhinga this season and earned Tk 20,000 so far.
He is expecting more dividends during the remaining part of the season. Many farmers of the upazila and other parts of the district have become able to overcome the curse of poverty by growing different varieties of vegetables including Jhinga, he added.
Aftab Ali of Golapgong area under district said, “I cultivated Jhinga on my farmlands this season instead of paddy as the low price of paddy disappointed me last season,” he said.
He has also got satisfactory output of the produce so far and is making handsome profit by selling the produce in the market, he said.
A number of farmers said it was difficult for them to afford the expenses of their family by growing paddy only; but cultivation of ridge gourd and some other vegetables is now giving them adequate profit to ease their financial constraints.