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Success blooms in flower nursery of enterprising Faridganj duo

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Chandpur
Success blooms in flower nursery of enterprising Faridganj duo

Anwar Nursery in Purbo Borali village under Faridganj municipal area in Faridganj upazila of Chandpur district is the sole commercial floriculture enterprise, private or governmental, in the entire Faridganj. Set up on 33 decimals of paddy fields by a couple of young entrepreneurs, the tidy profits the garden brings them has made them happy and self-reliant.

Earlier, paddy was cultivated on these 33 acres of cropland but the crop did not yield sufficient profits. The entrepreneurs—Anwar Hussain Gazi, 40, and Md Ripon Bhuiyan, 45—then turned to horticulture, and their lives have blossomed forth into fragrant happiness.

There are as many as 26,000 flower plants in the nursery and garden, said the duo. There are numerous common and uncommon flowering plants here, said Anwar, like dahlias (which change colour now and then), harikabab, malagenda, patabahar, hasna-hena, ganda (marigold), lotus, rojonigondha, ankore, joba (hibiscus), dopatta, cosmos, kalenbhuna, nayantara (rose periwinkle), morogful and aloe vera. He added that they have plans to expand their business in this sleepy hamlet soon. Anwar disclosed that every day, on an average, he and his friend Ripon sell flower plants valued at Tk. 10,000–15,000.

Anwar’s boyhood friend Ripon had returned home from abroad some 10 months ago. He was greatly frustrated as he did not have a job and had tried to start a business, but in vain. Some six months ago, he advised Ripon to join him in his flower nursery and cultivation business. As he explained, “Flower farming and a nursery don’t entail major risks. It doesn’t need much capital.”

They both took some financial help—around Tk. 2 lakh—from local NGOs and launched this business, bringing more and more and various species of common and uncommon flower plants from famous nurseries in Bogura and other places. This business has flourished remarkably. If the weather favours them over the next few months, they hope to repay their debts in full in time.

They currently sell flowering plants to small flower traders in Chandpur district town, Noakhali, Chatkhil, Maijdee, Khilpara, Malammuri, Ramganj, Roypur and other places as there is great demand in these areas. Also, the road communications system between Faridganj and these areas is good.

Anwar said, “We are now self-reliant. We don’t have to run after other types of business or jobs to survive. We can easily maintain our families and send our children to schools and colleges for their studies.” Ripon echoed him.

Local agricultural officer Noore Alam told this correspondent that these two enterprising youths have proved successful in flower cultivation. “They are sincere, dedicated and devoted to this work. Whenever they seek our guidance and our advice, we extend our co-operation. We wish them good luck. Other jobless youths can follow their footsteps and become self-reliant.”

Faridganj upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Sheuli Hori said, “On hearing about such flower cultivation, I visited this garden last Wednesday, and was impressed to see the innumerable varieties of flowers in the garden. I bought some flower plants for myself.” She lauded this project of the duo.

Not only flower lovers from far and near, but tourists, too, come to the garden everyday and enjoy this garden’s fresh fragrance and natural beauty. In addition, there are the buzzing of innumerable bees and chirping of colourful birds. This garden is well protected with nets on all sides.

This correspondent also met some youths hailing from Roypur and Ramganj upazilas at the nursery. They had come to learn from Anwar and Ripon how to run this garden and become self-reliant themselves with only a small amount of capital in their own villages.

The senior sub-assistant agricultural officer of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Chandpur, Naresh Chandra Das, told The Independent: “We have neither any government field nor any floriculture garden in the entire district. Nor are we aware of any other such instance of commercial flower cultivation in the eight upazilas of the district. But if any enterprising person would seeks any advice from us in this respect, we usually extend our full co-operation.”

 

 

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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