After failing to discover a job because of coronavirus outbreak, Shakil Ahmed, a B.Sc honours pupil of agriculture division at Noakhali Science and Know-how College, didn’t sit idle and began farming and located success in it.
Shakil returned to his village at Gomjani in Tangail’s Delduar upazila after the college was declared closed in March final 12 months because of coronavirus scenario. His honours outcomes had been revealed in June.
“Failing to discover a job because of the pandemic, I made a decision to domesticate squash on my father’s land,” Shakil stated.
“On the college, I did some analysis on vegetable cultivation. So, I made a decision to domesticate new vegetable squash on 40 decimals of land of my father,” Shakil stated.
He spent Tk 32,000 for the cultivation and bought squash value Tk 92,000 at native markets–Tk 12 per kilogram at first of the season and Tk 8 on the finish.
“As a way to scale back prices, I used to be pondering of cultivating with advance know-how referred to as ‘mulching movie’ in order that moisture stays on the soil and no additional irrigation and labour is required for caring for the land,” Shakil stated.
Nevertheless, cultivation with this methodology (mulching paper) is totally new within the space.
After Shakil utilized the strategy on his squash discipline, native farmers began criticising him seeing complete land being lined with polythene. Shakil, nevertheless, didn’t pay any heed to these damaging criticisms.
“They’ve seen the advantages of mulching paper after my success. Now they themselves have grow to be desirous about it,” Shakil stated.
Jahidur Rahman Jahid of the identical village was additionally sitting idle after getting unemployed after returning to the village from Malaysia because of corona scenario. After getting encouragement from Shakil, he additionally cultivated squash on his 12 decimals of land and obtained success.
“Shakil additionally suggested me to domesticate wheat on our 60 decimals of land the place Boro paddy was cultivated beforehand,” Jahid stated including that “Shakil additionally confirmed me how I can get extra revenue from the wheat cultivation than Boro paddy.”
Not solely Jahid but additionally a number of different farmers within the village together with Selim Miah, Abdul Latif, Masud Miah and Jiar Ali have additionally cultivated wheat and maize on their lands this 12 months instead of Boro paddy following recommendation of Shakil.
“Along with vegetable cultivation, farmers of my village domesticate solely paddy, though paddy cultivation is not so worthwhile,” Shakil stated.
“Then I organized yard assembly and suggested them to domesticate three crops on their lands. Now, below my recommendation and supervision, some native farmers are cultivating maize, wheat, potato and mustard on the lands,” he stated.
“By the yard assembly, Shakil has additionally assisted us within the implementation of LLP (Line, Brand, Perching) challenge of the Division of Agriculture Extension (DAE),” stated Abdul Hannan, sub-assistant agriculture officer in Atia union.
Shakil stated though he has already cultivated cucumber, watermelon and muskmelon on the land after harvesting squash, he’s truly ready to take admission in soil science division of Bangladesh Agriculture College.
“After completion of my research, I want to make my profession in agriculture and contribute to the event of this sector,” he added.
Appreciating Shakil’s initiatives, Shoyeb Ahmed, upazila agriculture officer, stated the agriculture sector within the nation will see extra improvement if educated youths like Shakil come ahead and get entangled within the sector.