Bengal Govt promoting strawberry production
The initiative may be a bit different, but it has certainly borne fruit! Farmers are smiling at the prospects of profitability from the trial run of strawberry farming undertaken by the Bengal Government’s Agriculture Department, and are looking forward to this alternative crop.
The field with small green plants, some with ripe red berries and some with ripening ones, seems to be a location in the hills. But no, this field basking in the golden sunlight is in Bagnan in Howrah district! The experiment has been carried out by the Agriculture section of Gopalpur Block I office, and the results have indicated profits for the farmers. About 5,000 strawberries can be produced from one bigha of land.
At first, farmers were sceptical over whether the climate and conditions in South Bengal would suit strawberry cultivation. But those worries have been set at rest with the outcome of the initiative. They can now feel confident about going ahead with growing this sought-after and delicious berry.