Organic vegetables prove a winner for Bangla farmers

Farmer Ali Hossain from Bodhkhana village in Jessore’s Jhikorgachha upazila in Bangladesh has dedicated the summer months to producing organically-grown herbs, fruit and vegetables. His produce, no matter what he turns his hand to, is in good demand. The farmer who last year received an award from the agriculture ministry for organic farming has built himself a reputation for wholesome, chemical-free vegetables.

I grew coriander on one bigha of land at a cost of Tk 25,000 this summer season, says Hossain. It’s selling at Tk 300 per kilogram in the wholesale market, which means I can earn about Tk 3 lakhs in sales.