A farmer in Naogaon (Bangladesh) is growing high yield plants of different variety of vegetables with the coco-dust method where coir dust mixture is used instead of soil in the seedbed.
The unconventional seedling growing system drew the attraction of farmers in the region.
Amran Ali started growing plants with the different method in his nursery, Sardar Farmers Hub, at Mohadevpur upzila under the district.
An agricultural non-government organization inspired him to implement the new method while the local agriculture officials guided him with advice.
A mixture of coconut coir dust, earthworm and organic fertilizers is used to make the seedbed on a plastic tray. Surrounded with nets, the plants on the seedbed remain free of insects and most diseases.
"I was thinking about growing disease-free and well vegetable seedlings at affordable cost. The Farmers' Hub of Syngenta Foundation inspired me to go through the Coco-Dust method," said Amran Ali.
He said that he could grow plants of papaya, pumpkin, eggplant, cucumber, cauliflower, cabbage, chili, tomato and several other vegetable at lower costs.
On coco-dust compost, one could grow flower plants as well, he said.