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Sweet pumpkin growers happy in Rangpur

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RANGPUR:A sweet pumpkin field in Rangpur.

Mintu Abdur Rahman, Rangpur :
The sweet pumpkin growers of different char areas under Rangpur district are delighted to get a good yield of the vegetable this season.
Earlier, a vast tract of char lands remained uncultivated over the years but the scenario has changed now with the introduction of modern technology. Presently, the farmers are getting able to grow crops even on fallow char lands using latest technology. Different varieties of crops including pumpkin are being grown plentifully in the char areas of the region.
While visiting some areas across the district it was found the farmers busy harvesting their produce with enthusiasm. Ataur, a farmer at Char Thakurdas village under Kawnia upazila said that he cultivated sweet pumpkin on 40 decimals of land during this season and its harvest is satisfactory. Smooth supply of water and agri-inputs such as fertilisers and pesticides has boosted its cultivation, he also said.
Amjad Hossain, a farmer at Char Mahipur village under Gangachara upazila said he has been growing pumpkin on char lands for the last few years. This season he has cultivated the vegetable on 30 decimals of his land and has also witnessed good yield and profit from its sale.Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Rangpur official sources said   thousands of farmers of the region are engaged in different crops cultivation including pumpkin on the sandy lands and earning good profit.  DAE is also helping the growers with necessary assistances in this regard, sources added.
Experts said, for any development we need to work in coordination. If the government, non-government ogranization, businessman and other stakeholders work in coordination in Rangpur there is extreme possible to make revolution in the field of agriculture in Rangpur. guideline in order to enrich the poor people of greater Rangpur through agricultural development. First day of the program a round table meeting was held at RDRS on "contribution and future activities of government and non government organization for agricultural development of Rangpur. The NGOs and government organization presented their contribution and future activities in the meeting.

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