Vegetable cultivation change life style of ethnic people
15 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: Cultivation of vegetables and fruits has changed the life style of the people belongs to ethnic minority communities at Pharua a small hamlet under Belaichari upazila of the district.
The local people survive by cultivating jhum (shifting farming) and planting teak for the forest department.
They could not produce any kind of vegetable and fruits because of the restriction imposed by the forest department on their production.
They spent their life sitting idle for most of the time of a year by hunger. Some of them continue their existence by stealing timbers from the forest land.
Many of them were implicated in cases on charges of pilferage of forest resources and violating the directives of the forest department. They tried to escape from harassment and punishment by absconding.
But cultivation of ginger, turmeric, banana and different varieties of fruits following lifting of ban on their production has opened a window of new opportunities to improve their standard of living.
Vegetables and fruits they produce now find in different markets of the district and upazila headquarters as well as Kaptai lake area. Sale proceeds of these products help them to meet their demands of life.
A housewife from Marma community at Pharua told newsmen that she is maintaining the educational expenditure of her three kids with the sale proceeds of vegetable, she produced at the courtyard of dwelling.
The apparently satisfied mother added that her elder son reads in college and another daughter in school.
Talking to newsmen that some ethnic people of the locality said construction of two roads link with Belaichari and Razasthali upazila headquarters would greatly expand the markets of their vegetable and fruits in fair prices.
They pointed out that water ways from Pharua to upwards remain navigable for six months a year.
Pharua, rich in producing vegetable and fruits, located at the heart of the Raingkhiong reserved forest and inhabitated by about 20,000 people, majority from ethnic communities can play a vital role.
They cultivated vegetable and fruits which is meet up the demand of the district and the country at large if the communication network is developed, said former chairman of Rangamati hill district council, Rabindralal Chakma, Suzan