As a child of a farming family, he used to help his father in farming with him from the time he was in school. He also continued his studies. However, there was no expectation that he would get a job after finishing his studies. He dreamed of doing something good through agriculture. In order to make that dream a reality, he paid his formal education and concentrated on agriculture. Success matched there.
The name of this successful young farmer is Imran Khan (26). The house is in Golana village of Dumuria upazila of Khulna. He has seen success in compound orchards in the relatively new technology of agriculture in the saline region. His annual income from agriculture is six to seven lakh rupees.
On August 6, he went to Golna village of Dumuria Sadar Union and talked to farmer Imran Khan. Imran and his younger brother Emon Khan were tending the garden. The garden is full of green malt and bunches of guava. Fish are floating in the garden at the source of irrigation water.
Regarding the surgeon method, Imran said that the surgeon method is very suitable for cultivation in saline areas. This method is first done by cutting the soil from the ground and making a bed by raising a part. It is like a moat 10 feet wide and 10 feet deep and the same width right next to the bed. The bed is made of trench-like excavated soil. Then again the beds are drained again in this way.
When cultivated in this way, water can never accumulate at the base of the tree. Irrigation can be given from the side drain again. When irrigation is more, water is not wasted. The water can go to the drain again. The soil is also fertile as the beds are made by cutting the soil from below. Most importantly, the soil in these beds has low salinity.
It is learned that Imran has eight bighas of land. About five years ago, his father Sirajul Islam planted a small scale surgeon. Next to it was a separate guava orchard. As there was more profit in guava, Imran cut the plum tree and increased the range and planted guava tree in the surgeon’s bed. Chose Thai-Three, Thai-Five and Golden Eight as varieties. Besides, on the advice of the Department of Agriculture, he took seedlings from them and cultivated Bari Malta-1 (Green Money Malta) as a companion crop. His four-bigha mixed orchard now bears regular fruit from 500 guava and 100 malt trees. And the remaining four bighas of land is still being paddy. But this time you will also garden on that paddy land.
Imran holds an HSC and a bachelor’s degree from Dumuria College. Imran’s brother said. Emon Khan is pursuing post-graduate studies in Management at Government Azam Khan Commerce College, Khulna. Emon also helps his brother in his work whenever he gets a chance.
Dumuria Upazila Agriculture Officer Moshaddek Hossain said Imran has had success in mixed orchards using surgeon method. Seeing his success, many people are showing interest in the surgeon’s method.