Vegetable cultivation is gaining popularity in Bangladesh's Pabna district as increased profits have spurred local farmers to expand their activities over the past few years. As per Department of Agricultural Extension data, a total of 22,250 hectares of land in the district will be brought under cultivation with a target to produce 567,000 tons of vegetables this year. Already, 20,184 hectares have been cultivated.
"Last year, 22,171 hectares were brought under vegetable cultivation to produce 568,000 tons. This year, expect to get more vegetable cultivation," said Md Idris Ali, a development officer of the Pabna DAE.
Some 35 types of vegetables are grown in Pabna, with eggplant, cauliflower, pumpkin, radish, and carrot being the biggest cash crops. While some vegetables are grown year-round, most of the crops in Pabna are sown in winter, Idris said, adding that farmers in the district supply their produce to markets all over the country to bring in thousands of crores worth of business each year.