Cox’s Bazar district is famous for betel cultivation. CEHRDF has organized a dialogue with the betel growers on the crisis and potential of betel cultivation in the district. The dialogue was held with the local betel growers at the Cox’s Bazar Sadar Upazila office on Saturday evening at the initiative of CEHRDF Agriculture Club.
It was presided over by Saeed Mohammad Shuvo, Deputy Head, CEHRDF Agriculture Club and conducted by Jihadul Islam, Assistant Principal Secretary, CEHRDF.
In the program the chief guest was CEHRDF chief executive Md. Ilias Miah. He said Cox’s Bazar district is famous for betel cultivation all over the country. Cox’s Bazar’s betel is now being exported abroad to meet the demand of the country. But due to repeated cultivation of the same land, water scarcity, falling water level, irrigation crisis, excessive use of fertilizers, use of pesticides, labor cost, etc., betel cultivation is not profitable now. He thinks that the government should come forward in these crises of the farmers.
Mohammad Ali led the farmers in the meeting. He said that in order to protect the betel growers, the import of betel from abroad has to be stopped. We need to arrange the necessary subsidies.
Another agricultural organizer, Mohammad Selim, said that if betel cultivation was stopped, the farming taught by their forefathers would be stopped. They only know betel cultivation as work. He further said that betel cultivation cannot be done without at least one lakh rupees. The plague reappears at any time.
Farmers say, we do not get a fair price by keeping workers and cultivating betel. During the rainy season, the drink has to be floated in the river.
In his speech, Saeed Mohammad Shuvo said that lakhs of farmers of Cox’s Bazar district are involved in betel cultivation. Their fate is in the hands of the government. Climate change has also affected betel cultivation. Due to the variability and imbalance of the weather, various diseases are putting in the way of the farmers. He urged the government to strengthen the role of the Department of Agricultural Extension to get rid of this.
Jihadul Islam recited the Qur’an at the beginning of the meeting. Finance Secretary Md. Elias Riyadh and Cox’s Bazar Sadar West Forum Coordinator Abu Saleh spoke.
Among the farmers present were Abdul Qayem, Mohammad Wasim, Shafiul Alam, Kefayet Ullah, Jasim Uddin, Sarwar Alam, Chaidul Haque, Abdul Malek, Mizanur Rahman, Abdul Jabbar, Ayub Ali, Abdul Aziz Kalu, Mohammad Kalu, Nur Hossain, Shah Alam. , Mohammad Abul Qasim, Abdu Salam and Moktar Ahmad among others.