The Bangladesh Army has bought five mounds of vegetables from farmers in Satkhira to stand beside them amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Army members, under the direction of the Chief of Army Staff, bought the vegetables in Nagarghata area of Patkelghata upazila on Tuesday morning.
These vegetables -- gourd, yardlong bean, cucumber, pointed gourd and brinjal -- were purchased as a part of the food list for the soldiers of Jashore Cantonment.
The yields of vegetables are good this year in Satkhira because of favourable weather. But farmers here were in a dire state as they could not sell those due to Covid-19 shutdown.
"This initiative will save the farmers from huge losses as well as will meet up the soldiers' demand for vegetables," said Saidur Rahman, senior warrant officer of the 55th Infantry Division at Jashore Cantonment.
He also said, "Vegetables were bought from the Nagarghata area for the second time and we have a plan to buy vegetables from different areas in the next one month to stand by the farmers."
Vegetable growers have expressed satisfaction after being able to sell vegetables at a fair price.