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December 29, 2016 Shykh Seraj Comments Off on Boithakata floating market adds spice to life

Boithakata floating market adds spice to life

Dear readers, a few days back I went to the southern part of Bangladesh. A floating market in Pirojpur’s Boithakata, selling diversified agricultural products including seedlings, and even fuels, on boats, specially attracted my attention. Continue Reading

October 22, 2016 Shykh Seraj Comments Off on Malta brings smile to growers

Malta brings smile to growers

Agri office says there are 300 malta orchards in Narsingdi

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Artificial insemination boosts livestock output

Livestock sector has an immense role in ensuring food security, nutrition and overall socio-economic development. Its contribution to the GDP is 2.51% and the growth is 3.39%. Even after facing many difficult barriers, livestock sector is moving ahead. Continue Reading

Bagging technology saves fruits from pests, improves quality

Phuterjhiri village is located in Bandarban’s Lama. Rubber, litchi, mango and many other fruits are cultivated in there. The hills are so high that it is quite difficult to see what is growing there. So, I went to see the place from very close. Continue Reading

March 19, 2016 Shykh Seraj Comments Off on Guava orchards find success in Chapainawabganj

Guava orchards find success in Chapainawabganj

Cultivated in many districts, Bangladesh has become adept at producing guavas. Indeed the country has become the 8th largest guava producer worldwide.

Yet, when guavas first arrive in a new district it often takes the initiative and courage of a few pioneers to demonstrate its viability. Such has been the case in Chapainawabganj, where the efforts of Matiur Rahman have been at the forefront of introducing the guava orchard.

“Initially many people told me not to try cultivating guavas,” says Rahman, “but I took it as a challenge.”

A decade ago Rahman leased 11 bighas of land in Chapainawabganj’s Jamtala for his guava orchard, involving assets of about Taka 80 lakhs. Since then, with patience and hard work, he has expanded his plantation to 61bighas dedicated not only to guavas but a range of fruits.

Rahman follows the bagging method to protect his guava crop from pests. He cuts the stems regularly to promote growth. About guavas, Rahman is a passionate man.

“They are like my children,” he says while holding a guava hanging from one of the trees, “I love them, care for them and understand what they need.”

Coupled with market research and considerable study of guava cultivation techniques, Rahman is a lesson to all that a lot careful planned steps most often mark the journey of a successful farmer.

“There is always demand for guavas,” says Rahman, “but I focus on selling during the non-traditional dry months, including winter.” The decision to focus on dry season guavas is indicative of his willingness to pursue innovation. It has helped him secure handsome profits for his endeavours.

Rahman is fortunate in that wholesalers will often buy the whole orchard, which he also hopes to achieve for the harvest from his more than 600 pomegranate trees. “I anticipate I will get a good price for the pomegranates too,” says a confident Rahman.

He also has hundreds of malta trees, from which he has established a malta nursery. Rahman believes by selling each malta sapling for Tk 200 to farmers he can realise about Tk 28 lakhs.

After mangoes, guavas are now the second most important fruit crop nationally. According to the Department of Agriculture Extension around 400,000 tonnes are produced annually, adding up to Tk 6,000 crore to the economy.

Farmers have realised the benefits of guavas. Thanks to pioneering efforts of entrepreneurs like Matiur Rahman, the economic blessing of guava production will continue to find new soil, with orchard expansion into previously non-guava-growing districts like Chapainawabganj.

February 17, 2016 Shykh Seraj Comments Off on Malta cultivation sees success in Pirojpur

Malta cultivation sees success in Pirojpur

The southern region of Bangladesh is blessed with fertile soil and abundant water. Farmers there are trying out diversified high value crops. Continue Reading

January 11, 2016 Shykh Seraj Comments Off on Gazipur floodplain fish project a great success

Gazipur floodplain fish project a great success

The night is dark, the weather cold. Through winter’s silence, I move
from Kashimpur in Gazipur towards Namabazar. The clock says it’s the
time when the world is supposed to rest, when people usually sleep. Continue Reading

November 29, 2015 Shykh Seraj Comments Off on Pabna’s changed farming traditions

Pabna’s changed farming traditions

In Pabna’s Ishwardi, winter, by tradition, means beans. Every year in
Muladuli village, hundreds of bighas of land are dedicated to bean
cultivation. Yet despite the constancy of the crop, traditions in
farming across Bangladesh have changed significantly and Muladuli’s bean
farming is no exception. Continue Reading

October 7, 2015 Shykh Seraj Comments Off on Former enclave residents free to dream of a better future

Former enclave residents free to dream of a better future

An electricity pole rarely brings excitement, but one installed in the
farming community of Dasiar Chhara in Kurigram’s Phulbari upazila on
September 1, 2015 is symbolic of a new beginning. “Development works are
progressing quite quickly?” I suggest. Continue Reading

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