Julhas Uddin Tentulia Upazila:
Mukhi Kachu is locally known as Saji Kachu. The demand for saji production has increased. Tentulia, a northern border upazila of the country, is famous for its tea industry but also for its vegetable cultivation.
The vegetables produced here are being exported to the divisional cities of the country by meeting the demand of the local market. Saji kachu is one of the vegetable cultivation. Sajir is much appreciated in curry. Marginal farmers are seeing the face of success by cultivating saji.
In order to meet the demand of vegetables, cultivation of Saji Kachu has increased in the last few years. Due to the lack of financial loss in the cultivation of Saji Kachu and the lack of cost of insects, pests and fertilizers, local farmers have become interested in Saji Kachu cultivation.
Going to the spot, it can be seen that Saji Kachu is being cultivated in different unions of the upazila. Many farmers have returned financially to vegetable cultivation. Many have become self-reliant. One such self-reliant farmer is Hamidul Haque of Khaykhatpara village in the upazila. In the area he is known as the ideal Saji Kachu farmer.
Speaking to Hamidul Islas, it is learned that he has been cultivating Saji Kachu for a long time. As the cultivation of saji is easier and more profitable than other crops, he focused on saji cultivation. He started cultivating saji experimentally with three kathas of land. This time he has cultivated saji in 6 katha land. In the local Tirnaihat, Ranchandi, Shalbahan Bazar, Chaurasta Bazar, the demand for saji has been good and they have made a good profit by selling it.
Hamidul said, every year I used to plant desi saji on this land. This time I planted Bogra saji and saw that the yield was quite good. Insects do not catch spiders if only 6 kg of urea, 6 kg of potash, 6 kg of betno-siam and 500 g of furadon are given for cultivation of vegetables in 20th century land. The family is cultivating vegetables. The college-going boy is also cooperating in the cultivation of this vegetable. He is hopeful that if the rain water does not freeze, he will be able to buy and sell for Tk 36,000-40,000 this month.
Ripon, a farmer from Sarkarpara village in Sadar Union, said, “I have planted 25 acres of land.” I have started selling in the market for four or five days. I am selling 60-70 kg saji every day. I am getting a good price by selling 20-25 rupees per kg. I will benefit because there is no cost.
Sujan of the same village said that most of the vegetable cultivation in Tentulia is in Burimutki, Sarkarpara, Ranchandi, Khaykhatpara and several other areas. I have earned 10-12 thousand rupees by cultivating vegetables in only 10 acres of land.
Due to low production cost, local farmers are seeing the benefits of kachu cultivation. According to the farmers, at the beginning of the month of Chaitra, the weeds are cleared and the soil is chopped to make it suitable for cultivation. Saji kachu seeds are sown in the soil when the first rains fall in mid-April. After the seedlings have sprouted, the weeds have to be cleared, nailed or lined (soil is applied to the base of the plant from both sides) and fertilizer is applied several times as required. From the beginning of September, extraction and sale of saji kachu land started.
Tentulia Upazila Agriculture Officer Mohammad Jahangir Alam said, “Even if it is submerged in rain water in other places, it is not submerged in water in the north. Saji kachu does not cost much to cultivate. It is possible to become self-sufficient in this cultivation with little capital. Saji kachu cultivation is going well here. Good price in the market.
It is good to see the farmers benefiting. Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officers are giving necessary advice to kachu farmers. So the Department of Agriculture is always by their side for any advice.