For the first time, the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Tangail has succeeded in growing coloured cauliflower on an experimental basis.
After seeing the success of the new variety in Bhuapur Upazila, local buyers are showing a keen interest in the crop.
Many people have cultivated the variety of cauliflower in their yards and are happy with the result.
Arshed Ali, became an inspirational figure in Chabbisha village after cultivating cauliflowers on a chunk of land beside his house.
Arshed has shown many youths how to cultivate this colourful cauliflower using organic fertilizers, without the use of chemicals.
Arshed told Dhaka Tribune that his produce has a good demand in the market.
Visitors are frequenting his house, which now has turned into a small farm, to see his success and learn some tricks from him.
The farmer told Dhaka Tribune that the new variety produces larger cauliflowers.
“They (the local agriculture office) provided me with 400 seedlings of colourful cauliflower, organic fertilizer and insect repellents,” he told Dhaka Tribune.
He said that medium-sized cauliflowers are being sold for Tk50 per piece. His cauliflowers were ready for sale within 75-80 days.
Arshed told this reporter that he is happy with the profit after cultivating this new variety of cauliflower.
Another farmer, Mahmudul Hasan from Kutubpur area, said he visited Arshed’s firm and was inspired. He hopes to cultivate the new variety on his land soon.
Deputy Director of Tangail District Agricultural Extension Directorate Ahsanul Basar said an initiative was taken to cultivate colorful cauliflower in 12 upazilas of the district with the aim of increasing the yield of crops in the greater Mymensingh region.