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Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013

KM Rezaul Hoque, Gaibandha


Wahed Akanda tends his mixed fruit garden at Uttar Sathalia village in Saghata upazila under Gaibandha district. PHOTO: STAR



A mixed fruit garden raised by Wahed Akanda of Uttar Sathalia village in Saghata upazila under the district is now an attraction for people in and around the area.

Set up on one and a half acres of land beside his house in 2009, the garden named ‘Tabeya Bahumukhi Krishi Khamar’ has around a hundred varieties of fruits bearing trees including mango, jackfruit, banana, coconut, litchi, apple, orange, olive, star fruit, lemon, lotkon, baukul, guava etc. He also cultivates spices like ginger and turmeric in small spaces.

“Inspired by television programme ‘Hridoye Mati o Manush’, I decided to return home and set up a fruit garden in 2009,” said Wahed Akanda, who earlier worked in Dubai for long nine years.
“I invested Tk four lakh to raise a mixed fruit garden and took help and suggestion from the local agriculture department. My wife also extended help to make my dream a success. “I engaged two regular caretakers to look after the garden. The fruit trees started yielding last year and I have already earned over one lakh Tk by selling different fruits.

“Raising a well-planned garden can help one to gain solvency. I think such an initiative is better than going abroad for job that costs huge money and often involves risk,” he added. Wahed’s wife Nazmun Nahar Parveen, also a helpful partner in her husband’s initiative, said they have plans to set up a nursery and develop the garden as a model one if they get help from the government and NGOs.

Visitors from different areas now come to see and learn about such mixed fruit gardening. “We always encourage villagers to raise gardens. Anyone can make a profitable garden, using the open space of homestead,” said Sohel Md Shamsuddin Feroj, upazila agriculture officer of Saghata



Source: thedailystar





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