Sl. No. Name Designation Address Picture
01 Md. Serajul Huq Chairman Danuka, Shariatpur Sadar, Shariatpur, Mobile:01719956921  
02 Md. Ab Sobhan Vice Chairman Chanddrapur, Shariatpur Sadar, Shariatpur, Mobile: 01718261011  
03 Md. Abul Kalam Azad Treasure Dhanuka, Shariatpur Sadar Shariatpur, Mobile: 01712256697  
04 Md. Abul Hossain Sarder Executive Member Patonigoan, Sharaiatpur Sadar Shariatpur, Mobile: 01711046421  
05 Anik Ghatak Chowdhury Executive Member Vill: South Baluchara, Post: Shariatpur-8000, Shariatpur sadar, Shariatpur, Mobile:01714223238  
06 Mahamuda Begum Executive Member Vill:Dhanuka ,    Post: Dhanuka-8000, Shariatpur Sadar, Shariatpur. Mobile:01929860384  
07 Safali Begum Executive Member Vill: South Baluchara, Post: Shariatpur-8000, Shariatpur sadar, Shariatpur, Mobile:01917387009  
08 Asimom Begum Executive Member Vill: Charpalong, Post: Palong-8000, Shariatpur sadar, Shariatpur, Mobile:01994532412  
09 Md. Mozibur Rahman Member Secretary

South Goaldi, Tulashar, Shariatpur Sada, Sariatpur, Mobile: 01714011901,  email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project Name: Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Technologies for Climatic vulnerable Char-dwellers (PSAT- Phase-II)

Donor: Christian aid

Duration: 1st May 2018 to 31 March 2020

Project Summary: The vision of success is that targeted landless and smallholding households in char area of Bangladesh have increased incomes and more sustainable livelihoods through incorporation into a strengthened safe vegetable value chain approach.  The project’s complementary interventions at different stages of the safe vegetable value chain will group and strengthen landless and smallholding producers and connect them with the market; facilitate the development of quality commercial agriicultural service providers and improve access to their services; reduce spoilage by introducing a location-appropriate, innovative and efficient collection, storing,   and transportation system; create employment and increase incomes for the char dwellers, particularly women, at various points along the chain; and remove bottlenecks in the chain.  By the end of the two years project, 1200 smallholding and landless safe vegetable producers will increase their income. The project will also create employment opportunities for extremely poor households through employment in collection systems and post harvest management especially processing.  The project design is based on investment from the private sector and development of profit-driven infrastructure, making it sustainable.  It can potentially be scaled up to benefit an estimated 50000 farmers across Bangladesh.

This increase in vegetable and sector productivity will translate into increased income for farmers, resulting in an increase in household expenditure on food and non food items such as education, health, and sanitation; from past experience, the non-food household budget will increase around 40-45 per cent. SDS will track household expenditure changes in a selection of households and measure changes in relevant indicators such as food intake patterns of women and children.  Increased income in both of the vegetable sector will contribute to the overall growth of the agriculture sector as well as the national economy.

Goal: Developed a sustainable approach to poverty eradication, by enhancing the existing livelihoods for the people living in the backward char areas.

Objectives: The proposed project plans to achieve its vision by linking producers with service providers, traders collection point.; transporting the processed vegetable to formal sector like super shops and/or informal sector local market and documenting and disseminating efficient techniques and best practices. Achieving the expected impact will involve improving producer practices to attain efficient, quality production, and improving market linkages, prices, and incentives to stimulate increased production.

Head line wise objectives:

Objective 1: Safe vegetable production increased by reducing chemical fertilizer and pesticide in farmer level of char area

Objective 2: Improve access to inputs, markets, and services by mobilizing groups of poor farmers, producers, and char dwellers

Objective 3: Improve the vegetable transport network

Human Resource: Directly four persons are involved of this project and indirectly another 24 persons are involved. Among this 01 person Project Coordinator, 02 persons Field Facilitator, 01 person accountant and 24 persons lead farmer (Volunteer services).

Working Area: Three Unions ( Kanchikata, Charbhaga, Uttartarabunia) of Bhedargonj Upazila under Shariatpur district.

Fig: Project area map (Red mark portion)

Project Activities:

  • Potential lead farmers identification
  • Provide TOT to the potential farmers on farming skills facilitation (2 days)
  • Beneficiary (Farmer) selection and group formation
  • Distribute Tabs or Android phone among the lead farmers for use of Fertilizer recommendation and other agricultural informatio:
  • Workshop with Vegetable market actors (Arotdar/ traders/ Wholesaler) on Safe vegetable market extension
  • Tripartite MOU signing among Urban super-shop, Safe vegetable suppliers and SDS for wider market development
  • Awareness meeting with AEO, Agricultural goods suppliers and marketing officials about bad impact of excessive use of pesticide and chemical fertilizer
  • Training on Vermin compost as an Innovative Income Generative Activities
  • Producer develop on vermin compost production
  • Support/Develop Micro enterprise for vermin compost
  • Safe vegetable production plot demonstration
  • Training on soil test kits handling
  • Mobile apps registration and training
  • Develop video documentary for safe vegetable market extension
  • Improve the safe vegetable collection point/ Sales center
  • Introduce Vegetables and fruits toxicity test kits and devices in collection point
  • Newsletter publication on safe vegetable
  • Poster/ leaflet printing and publication on safe vegetable
  • Maintain the vegetable farmers Income-expenditure record book
  • Linkage development with urban super-shop
  • Training on post harvest management systems (processing, , marketing and storage) of the vegetable
  • Farmers meeting by potential/lead farmer on future action on field crops ( 3 meeting in different 3 cropping seasons
  • Support for modify the small and portable irrigation pumps with solar pannel
  • Monthly meeting and refreshers for potential farmer including volunteer allowances
  • Support for established low cost natural mini cold storage
  • Linkage development workshop with Farmers and MFI to ensure seasonal loan
  • Disaster preparedness meeting with Upazila and Union DMC
  • Conduct exiting PVCA review meeting with DMC member (Upazila, Union and Ward)

 

Case Study Of Farmer Rahim

Farmer Mst. Rahima is the inhabitant of Kachikata union under Bhedorgonj Upazila of Shariatpur district. Before her marriage she has completed SSC.  After her marriage, she cultivated her husband’s land .Because her husband is working in abroad. She cultivated potato, chili, sweet gourd, bottle gourd, ash gourd, red amaranth and Indian spinach. Yield of her land is more than others. So farmers came to her land to see the cultivation procedure and yield. She describes her production technique to the interested farmers. This year PSAT (Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Technology for Climatic Vulnerable Char-Dwellers) Project personnel went to her village for identification of Lead farmer. Most of the farmers of that village said she is the most qualified person as a lead farmer. After joining as a lead farmer of PSAT project, she has got more climates adaptive modern agriculture related ICT based training. Now she is trained lead farmer. She is arranged and facilitated season based court yard session of that village. Also she is gone to farmer’s field and try to solve their problem by the help of agril website supported Android mobile phone. In future her aim, she will be adapted new technology and serve in the farmer.    Farmers are pleased of her. We seem that it is the successful strategy of Farmers Rahima. If it is ongoing, the agriculture of this area will be increased. So it is the helpful for remove the hunger and poverty in this area. And its effects will be shown nationally

 

Project Name: Increasing Famer’s Income by Introducing Safe Cultivation Method of High Value Vegetables

Project Donor: Palli Karma-Shayak Foundation (PKSF)

Duration: May 2017 to April 2020

Project Summary: Agricultural sector is the main pillar of the economy of Bangladesh providing livelihood for 70% of the population. Agriculture plays a very important role in productivity, income, and rural employment. In Bangladesh, cultivable land is about 85.05 hundred thousand hectors, among which 2.78 hundred hectors is in the vegetable sub-sector. Agricultural sector employs 47.5% of the total labor force. In 2013-2014, agricultural sector contributed 16.33% in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, while crop sub-sector alone contributed 12%.

Vegetable is an important sub-sector of agriculture in Bangladesh. Vegetable provides necessary nutrition and other micronutrient for human body. One of the main obstacles of vegetable cultivation is different types of disease and attacks of pests. Attack of diseases alone decrease vegetable production by 25%, and farmers in Bangladesh are dependent on different types of pesticides and chemicals for solving this problem. Indiscriminate use of pesticides is increasing day by day. During the period of 1997-2008, use of pesticides increased by 328.4%. Although, 80% of these pesticides are used in rice cultivation, the frequency and amount of pesticide usage is higher in vegetable cultivation in terms of cultivating per unit of land.

Insecticides are major items of pesticides which accounts total 76% of pesticides. Its usages have been increased by 598% (since when?) and, Bangladesh loses $171.43 million in importing pesticides from different countries (time span). Although, only 200 pesticide importers are registered with Bangladesh Crop Protection Association (BCPA), about 400 companies import and sell approximately 37,000 tons of pesticides annually (K. M. Atikur Rahman, and Sankar Chandra Debnath, 2015).

Usually, famers use expired pesticides irregularly and in unplanned way, which do not kill the insects, rather, increase their tolerance against pesticides. As a result, farmers have to use more pesticides to destroy insects that cause extermination of beneficial insects, and incur more financial costs. Most of the vegetables available in markets contain a high level of pesticides and chemicals, which causes different diseases to human health such as skin disease, respiratory disease, memory loss, depression, and diabetes. People incur a high cost in treatment of these diseases. Pesticides get mixed with water bodies and kill fishes in ponds and rivers reducing land fertility. All of these problems can be solved by introducing safe vegetable production (K. M. Atikur Rahman, Hortex).

Although farmers in the project area have been cultivating regular vegetables for a long time, they are not cultivating high value vegetables like, tomato, cherry, capsicum, lettuce etc. They do not have proper knowledge about different methods of modern farming such as identifying good seeds, plot preparation, applying appropriate mixture of fertilizer, planting seeds, and irrigation. Usually, they apply a higher amount of chemical fertilizer and pesticides than it is required. Despite of having knowledge about negative impact of chemical fertilizers, they cannot reduce their dependence on these as they do not have any other viable alternative. They are not aware about organic pesticides such as pheromone traps, trichoderma, and trichogramma. Most of the farmers use cow dung of their own cows as fertilizer. Farmers' dependence on chemical fertilizers can be reduced by introducing “Vermi compost” technology and by training them on using this. This method can increase land fertility and reduce production cost of vegetables.

Chemical fertilizers and pesticides used in vegetable cultivation are directly and indirectly transmitted to human body which has serious negative consequences on our health and wellbeing. Besides, there are some vegetables which we consume directly as green, and in this case, we are consuming the chemicals directly. This even makes grass and livestock feed poisonous which again gets transmitted to our body through milk and meat. Globally, one million poisonous causalities occur resulting 2000 fatalities. Now a day, sexual and urinary diseases have spread across the world due to availability of various chemicals and pesticides in the environment. For example, sperm-count in Europe has reduced by about 50 percent and pesticides usage in Bangladesh has been causing low level of testosterone. Chemicals may cause chronic health problems that include cancers, reproductive and endocrine disruption, neurological damage and dysfunction of immune system. About one-half of the human poisonings occur in poorer, less-developed countries, even though these places account for only 20% of the world’s use of pesticides.

Project Goal: The goal of the project is to create employment and increase income of farmers by production and marketing of high value and harmful chemical free vegetables adopting modern techniques and commercial methods.

Project Objective:

  1. Introducing modern agricultural production technology in vegetable subsector.
  2. Producing safe vegetable following good agricultural practices.
  3. Promoting production of high value vegetable like summer tomato, cherry tomato, broccoli, capsicum etc.
  4. Introducing bio fertilizers like vermi compost.
  5. Increasing productivity and income of the farmers, and
  6. Creating new employments in the vegetables subsector.

Human Resource: Total Staff- 10, VCF- 1, AVCF- 7, MO- 1, Accountent- 1, (M- 7, F- 3)

Working Area: Jajira, Naria and Bhedorganj under Shariatpur District.