Ninety-year-old Language Movement veteran Abdul Quader Bhasani still works hard at his spice field amid enthusiasm while most people in his age stay indoors and live a passive life.
Seeing his success in spice farming, many farmers at his village Haldibari in Sadar upazila have started cultivating onion, garlic and other spices on their land.
Bhasani, possibly the lone surviving language hero in the district , has been engaged in spice farming since his student life. He believes agriculture is life of Bangladesh.
Bhasani cultivates onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, coriander, turmeric and mint on his 40 decimals of land round the year and earns a good profit by selling the produces, said Khabir Uddin, a sub-assistant agricultural officer in Lalmonirhat.
The Language Movement veteran in his old age still rides bicycle and works hard at his crop land, said Khabir, adding that he is an ideal farmer at the village.
“I'm sure that farmers will get expected output if they use their land in spice farming,” said Bhasani.
“I'm so lucky that I can still spend my time in crop farming,” he said.
“We take advice from Bhasani on how to grow spice and we are now earning better by selling the produces,” said Mokhlesar Rahman, 58, a farmer of the village.
“Our father still works for family's welfare and he never spends a single moment idle,” said Bhasani's son Jamal Abdun Naser Jadu.
The language hero said he wants to work till his last breath.
Bhasani, son of late Nasir Uddin Sarker and Mahima Khatun, was born in 1928. He was a student of Rangpur Carmichael College. He joined the 1952 Language Movement while he was a student of Class X at Lalmonirhat Government Boys' High School.