Thirty-two-year-old Jamal Munshi is trained as an electrical engineer, but found his calling in the traditional family trade of farming. The crop to which he has dedicated his hard work and devotion though, was different from what his family members traditionally cultivated: dragon fruit.
Jamal, a resident of Nikhurhati village in Nagarkanda upazila, graduated in 2013 from an engineering college in Dhaka but getting a good job after graduation is not that easy in Bangladesh.
Sharing his journey from trying to be an electrical engineer to becoming a successful farmer, Jamal told UNB that his father Aynal Munshi, a farmer by profession, also dreamt that their son will become a doctor or an engineer.
To fulfil the wish of his parents, Jamal obtained higher education but he had interest in farming. His passion for cultivation has turned him into an ideal farmer.
Jamal brought 54 decimals of land under Dragon cultivation and earned success. He has now become the inspiration of many unemployed young men of his area.
Jamal is now a well-known person in his village as his name was listed as an ideal farmer of the district.
Jamal’s dragon orchard is the biggest fruit garden in the district and people from different parts of the district throng his garden to take lessons on farming.