The demand for capsicum as a delicious food item in Bangladesh has been increasing over the last few years. Khulna district grower Nazim Uddin's capsicum garden contains hundreds of red, yellow, purple and green capsicums, under a specialized shed. He is also experimentally cultivating squash on his land.
Nazim Uddin: "I … started cultivating capsicum on my own initiative with the advice of Upazila Agriculture Office. At first, I planted about 2,500 trees on this land. At present, there are about 2,000 trees here.''
This product is very nutritious. There is a big demand for it in the nearby city market. Capsicum is sold at a wholesale price of TK. 180-200 per kg (€0.18-0.20) and a retail price of Tk. 250-300 (€0.25-0.30). I will sell capsicum for TK. 300 to 400 at a cost of TK. 30 to 40 per tree.''
Rupsha Upazila Agriculture Officer Fariduzzaman said capsicum is a new and high-value crop in the area. Capsicum is in great demand in the market as it is a vegetable rich in vitamin-A. One can make benefit by cultivating this crop. The Agriculture Office is giving necessary advice for capsicum cultivation. This year, 4,000 capsicum saplings have been distributed among the farmers by the Rupsha Upazila Agriculture Office.
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