The vegetable production numbers in Bangladesh have recently increased sharply as the farmers in the country have started farming on a more commercial basis. According to sources, at least 10.5 million tons vegetable was produced in the last fiscal year against the production of 10.3 million tons a year ago.
There are 8 million hectares of cultivable lands in the country. Vegetables are now being cultivated on 1.8 percent of lands out of the total cultivable lands. Apart from this, people are using the premises of households and rooftop of the multi-storied buildings as vegetable garden, which boosts production.
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) sources said, the farmers are producing various kinds of vegetables including year-long bean, cucumber, snake gourd, bitter gourd, tomatoes and papayas. The BARI data showed that the farmers produce around 90 kinds of vegetable commercially, which are being exported to different countries fulfilling the local demands.
It is very surprising that, the concern department has no any data about the recent market size, though the country is earning around Tk 7.5 billion (80 mln) from 38 countries including UK and Middle East in the world by exporting vegetables.