Crowd of journalists in the sunflower garden!
There are very few people who are not fascinated by the beauty of the blossoming sunflower garden. The whole district is keen to know about ABM Atiqur Rahman Bashar, a veteran journalist and columnist who researched the liberation war at Debidwar in Cumilla. Whether this researcher of the liberation war is for journalism and politicians or for some other reason, many people are more or less interested in seeing and learning about senior journalist Bashar. And when this veteran journalist and his family are in the sunflower garden, the interest of netizens will reach its peak.
Recently, ABM Atiqur Rahman Bashar, founder of Cumilla’s Debidwar Upazila Press Club and a researcher on the Liberation War, and his wife Hur Banu Bashar Polly, a former Debidwar correspondent for the daily Ittefaq, posted some pictures from their own Facebook accounts. In the photo, the elderly couple and their family members are standing in a vast sunflower garden. Standing in the garden along with sunflowers, the journalist’s family is adding to the beauty of the garden.
The pictures were taken of a crop field on the east side of Nandi Bari in Gunaighar village in Debidwar municipal area of the district.
The horizon is a vast field of green crops, painted yellow across his chest. This is like the smile of a new sun. Located in the south-west corner of Devidwar Sadar, about a kilometer and a half away, this crop field is surrounded by yellow scattered ‘sunflower’ cultivated land. Every day people of different ages from the surrounding area come running to see this breathtaking view.
The area is now known to people of various professions including family, lovers, friends and journalists. Going to see the smile of the sun at a glance on holidays or at work, the competition goes on to capture the camera and take selfies with the pleasant environment.
Abu Taher, 50, owner of a sunflower field, died in the village. Son of Abdul Jalil. He guards the land from morning till evening.
Hundreds of people throng here from morning to all day to see the sunflower crop and take pictures, he said. It is a pleasure to be on guard all day long. Because people from all walks of life, including family and friends, are flocking to see this sunflower field. The village is also known to many around this field.
But there is also fear. Farmer Abu Taher said other crops could be sold for cash. Traders also buy crops from the land before marketing. Sunflower production is low in our area, there is no interest among the farmers yet. The Department of Agriculture should be involved in the collection of sunflower oil. After the harvest, I will think about whether it will be easy to process or profit, whether I will cultivate sunflower in future.
Saiduzzaman, Upazila Agriculture Officer, said that the ‘Sunflower Block’ has been exhibited at Gunaighar village in Devidwar under the supervision of the experimental ‘On-the-spot Research Department, BARI Cumilla’. The Department of Agriculture is working to increase its spread and increase its usefulness. Edible oil soybeans are becoming unhealthy due to various processes. Suitable for health as sunflower edible oil. Of course its crushing industries are in Noakhali. We have to send the sunflower seeds to the crushing industry in Noakhali and extract the oil from there.