Mungbean farming makes rural women self-relient | 2017-06-19 |

Mungbean farming makes rural women self-relient

    19 June, 2017 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Expanded mung-bean farming has opened up the door of income-generation for more than twenty thousand rural women, including students, as they are harvesting the cash crop in the greater Rajshahi region this season, reports BSS.
Harvest of mung bean is going on in full swing in different areas of the region that sees gradual rise in cultivation of the popular food item.
First time cultivation of BARI mung-6 variety, invented by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), produced good yield this year. The area of mung bean farming has increased in the area this year, keeping trend with previous years.

Farmers said that they are able to earn good profits from mung bean production.
Ayesha Aktar, 25, a house wife of Kachhikata village of Boraigram upazila in Natore district said that once she was helpless. Now she collects 15 to 30 kilograms of beans from the fields of the farmers and earns Taka 140 to 150 per day. The farmers pay taka twelve for each kilogram of collected beans, she added.
Rojina Begum, Nargish Ara and some other women of the area who are currently engaged in the same work shared the same story. School students Meen Aktar, Sabina Rose and Ambiya said they work in the mung bean plot after their studies and earn taka 90 to 100 a day. The money helps them to manage the education expenses as well as lend a helping hand to their poor families.
Farmer Ayez Uddin of Baroipara village in Paba Upazila of Rajshahi district said, he had cultivated Barimug-6 variety of mung beans on his one and a half bigha land this season. He is expecting 14 maunds of pulses from the plot, which can bring a return of about Taka 30 thousand.
The area of coverage of mung beans was more than 25,000 hectares in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Chapainawabgonj and Natore districts which is projected to grow to 25,006 tons in 2016-17 fiscal. But, mung bean was cultivated on around 19,500 hectares only in Natore district.
Abdul Hannan, Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension {DAE), said the mung bean farming area has been increasing in the region especially in Natore as farmers are earning better returns from it.
Apart from, mung bean expansion has helped rural women earn a seasonal living as thousands of women are now engaged in farmlands for bean collection. The seasonal earning helps them to cover their education expenses and help their poor families.
Local agriculture department has motivational prograamme for the farmers to cultivate the highly nutritious and productive Bari mung-6 variety.  Promotion of biotechnology in cultivation of mungbean – may protect 60 per cent production loss, said Dr Shakhawat Hossain, Senior Scientific officer of BARI.