DHUBRI, Dec 6 - In a bid to compensate the losses they made during the nationwide lockdown, most farmers of the district are now taking refuge in vegetable cultivation.
Farmers mostly under the Dharmasala block of Dhubri district and also in Bilasipara, Chapar, Golokganj, Agomoni, Gauripur and Tamarhat area, have been growing vegetables like potatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages, eggplants, sesames and chilies.
�We incurred heavy losses during the lockdown, had to throw away many produce, or sell them off at low rates, as there were no takers,� said Nagen Ch Roy, a farmer from Kismathasdaha. He added that this year�s floods also caused a lot of harm to the farm lands and its products.
�But, we really hope that everything will be fine from now on and with that hope we are growing vegetables so that we can sell them in the market quickly and compensate the losses we faced throughout this year�.
The farmers of the district also stated that this year, not only the lockdown, but also the floods and pests infestation in the farmlands, caused a lot of harm to the production of different farm products.
�In the entire year, our problems were innumerable. Now, we hope the vegetable season will end our misery,� said Gogen Ch Roy, and added that they have already sold several vegetables from their farms.
In the last season, many farmers in the Dharmasala area had cultivated broccoli and made handsome profits. But, this year, they have avoided cultivating it.
�First of all, the seeds of broccoli are not easily available in the markets of Dhubri, and secondly, farming broccoli is a new concept and this year we don�t want to take risks,� said Amena Begum, who had produced broccoli in farmlands in the last two seasons.