DhakaTribune
Monday December 18, 2017 09:12 AM



  • Although situation of electricity supply has improved across Bangladesh over the last two years, people of Gaibandha are still suffering from severe load-shedding.

  • Shrimp farming fears to fall

    More than 4,000 Shrimp farms in Paikgachha upazila of the coastal district Khulna may be blocked any time due to manifold problems including technical support. According to local sources, although the upazila holds a prominent name for shrimp production, the sector insiders here are mainly facing difficulties for want of necessary equipment to detect various

  • A company that promotes sustainable agriculture, stands by farmers

    A company that promotes sustainable agriculture, stands by farmers

    Bangladesh-based Direct Fresh Ltd has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to integrate 2,000 small-scale vegetable farmers into its vegetable supply chain by 2018.

  • Relief still a far cry for people living in remote areas

    Relief still a far cry for people living in remote areas

    The flood situation has improved in the last couple of days, but sufferings of flood-affected people of Chilmari upzila, Kurigram yet to end, as they are still lacking of relief and rehabilitation.

  • Illegal spawns collection going on unabated

    Though catching prawns and spawns is an offence, the practice continues unabated affecting the fish yield adversely.

  • Mobile-based agro advisory service makes farmers’ life easy

    Mobile-based agro advisory service makes farmers’ life easy

    Grameenphone’s mAgri Initiatives launched a hotline in December 2015 that has helped many poultry and cattle owners at Godai village in Rangpur’s Kaunia upazila

  • Spice farming getting profitable in northern districts

    Asma Begum, a farmer of Fulgachha village, Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, has pocketed a good profit after cultivating different types of spices. 

    She had cultivated black-pepper and cardamom last year. Now, she is now trying to cultivate spices in commercial basis because she earned a good  profit in the last few years.

    This year, she is cultivating cinnamon, curry leaf, cumin, nigella seed, fenugreek leaf, fennel seed, black cumin in her nursery. She will get the production of the spice next year, she hoped.

  • Farmers happy over bitter-gourd production

    Farmers happy over bitter-gourd production

    ‘I don’t use pesticides rather I use perching method when the pests attack the crop’The farmers of Thakurgaon district are happy as the winter-season bitter-gourd has grown abundantly this year due to favourable climate conditions as well as timely supply of agri-imputes.

    A source of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said this year bitter gourd was cultivated on 100 hectares of land this season.

    In this purpose, around 500 agriculture labourers are working in bitter gourd fields every day.

    Now, different varieties of bitter gourd including Bhat Karola, hybrid and local varieties, are cultivated here.

  • Local heroes raise climate hopes

    Local heroes raise climate hopes

    Meet the farmers who have developed salinity-tolerant paddy varieties using traditional technology, baffling the country’s leading agricultural scientists

  • Farmers incur losses as aman prices fall

    Despite bumper yield of aman paddy, the farmers of the district are counting losses as they have to sell their produces to manage expenditure of livelihood.

    Sources said the selling rate of paddy was between Tk550 and Tk650 per maund in the market though production cost incurred by farmers was within Tk500 to Tk600.

    Farmers who got lease of lands are the worst affected, according to available information from grassroots level.

  • Virus attack frustrates bean farmers

    A wide range of virus attack on bean trees in different vegetable-farm in the district has frustrated the cultivators.

    According to sources, viruses like Mosaik and Fakra have seriously damaged the bean variety covering more than 250 hectares of land in Belabo, Shibpur and Raipura upazilas.

    Widespread attack by the virus has totally damaged the hope of possible bean harvesting since green bean trees have taken yellow colour. Now, the damaged plants can only be used as fodder. As a result, the vegetable product has lost its market value in large scale.

  • The shift to shrimp in Satkhira: Climate change and aquaculture

    The shift to shrimp in Satkhira: Climate change and aquaculture

    While studying the impact of climate change on rural livelihoods, JustJobs Network conducted a focused group discussion in Munshiganj, one of the 12 wards under Shyamnagar Upazila in Satkhira district, Bangladesh.

  • Bright minds, robust policies and new technologies tackle climate induced food insecurity

    While Bangladesh has been successful in increasing its food security over the last four decades, climate change poses a serious threat to these efforts.

  • Future of watermelon farmers in jeopardy

    Despite a bumper harvest of watermelons in Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj this year, fruits worth several crores of taka remain unsold at the local wholesale markets, putting the future of farmers there in jeopardy.

    Local traders claimed that unlike every other year, the number of wholesalers travelling to the district to buy products was slim – mostly because of the political instability and the ongoing non-stop countrywide transport blockade.

  • Solutions for growing vegetables in the high salinity areas of coastal Bangladesh

    Solutions for growing vegetables in the high salinity areas of coastal Bangladesh

    In rural Bangladesh, growing vegetables and fruits in one’s own yard or homestead garden and consuming fresh produce is a very common practice among villagers. However, this picture is fully different in the Southern coast of Bangladesh. Vegetable cultivation in crop lands and homestead gardens cannot be practiced in this area because the soil is contaminated with salt following saline water intrusion after cyclones  and the unplanned expansion of shrimp farming using saline water.

  • Pest attacks hit Boro cultivation

    Pests have attacked boro seedlings in different upazilas of Madaripur district this season.

    The farmers apprehend that a vast tract of land will remain uncultivated this season for the want of seedlings.

    They are buying pesticides on their own and claim that the Agriculture Extension Office of Madaripur has not taken any initiative in this connection so far.

    An insect called Majra has affected 1.5 feet long boro seedlings on the Goidi Beel, situated only around three km away from the office, they said.

  • Unrest deprives people off watermelon

    Unrest deprives people off watermelon

    Watermelon growers are going through much hardship as marketing and trading of the fruit being is being hampered by the non-stop blockade and general strikes.

    Locals said production of watermelon was satisfactory as weather during its cultivation was suitable at the shoals of Barisal, Patuakhali and Bhola.

    Generally, watermelon season begins in February and continues till May, during which time fruit markets across the country are flooded with it.

  • Wheat cultivation exceeds target

    With an expectation of getting bumper productions like previous years, farmers in Thakurgaon have cultivated wheat in their lands this season, exceeding target in the district. 

    The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) took up a plan to farm wheat on 58,427 hectares of lands in the district with production target of 1,63,596 tonnes.

    Around 65,500 hectares of land have been brought under cultivation of the wheat, one of the high value crops, this year, according to sources at the DAE.

  • Hail storm badly damages crops

    Hail storm badly damages crops

    Sudden downpour along with sleet took a toll havoc on the croplands in three northern districts of the country yesterday.

    In Jhenidah, vast track of croplands in 12 unions of Moheshpur upazila got damaged extremely due to heavy hailstorm before dawn.

    Sources said the rain lasted for just one hour starting from 3am.

    Moheshpur upazila UNO Nasima Khatun said the flash hailstrom caused heavy loss of the crops in her locality.

    Of the unions, Natima, Jadabpur, Manderbaria, Swaruppur, SBK as well as the district tow were the worst affected in the rain.

  • Release of five more GM brinjal varieties expected this year

    Government allegedly ignores poor-yield controversy surrounding previous releasesThe government plans to release five more genetically modified (GM) brinjal varieties at farmers level this year, ignoring the controversies and the poor yield that resulted from releases of earlier varieties.

    Rafiqul Islam Mondol, director general of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), told the Dhaka Tribune they would apply to the government agencies concerned soon to get the approval of releasing the GM brinjal varieties, popularly known as Bt brinjal.

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