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Sandbar cropping method a godsend to farmers

Update : 25 Mar 2014, 06:04 PM

People living in river basins in the northern districts of the country could uplift their living standards and get a good harvest through sandbar cropping pattern.

Using the cultivation method, char people can produce different kinds of crops on barren land.

Sandbar cropping is a method in which farmers dig holes in sandy land and fill them with manure, compost and pumpkin seeds.

Around 6,000 people of different areas in the northern districts have witnessed profit of around Tk12.5 core by producing pumpkin in the sandbars from 2009 to 2012, according to sources at the Practical Action, a non-government organisation.

The Practical Action has been working to boost food production in the river basin areas through a project named Sandbar Cropping.

“We have planned to engage most of the rural poor people in such kinds of cultivation by providing them agri-inputs and technical assistance so that they can meet their livelihood demands,’’ said AZM Nazmul Islam Chowdhury, head of Extreme Poverty Programme of the Practical Action.

Under the project, the extreme poor of Nilphamari, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha have been using the method in pumpkin cultivation on char land.

Currently, growers of river basin areas are planning to cultivate squash and strawberry on sandy land, he said, adding that by using the method, a grower can harvest pumpkin within five months.

Apart from the Practical Action, many other non-government organisations are working to spread the agri-method among farmers of some other districts.

If the government formulates a policy to promote such types of cultivation through Department of Agriculture Extension and local government officials on abandoned sand area, the extremely poor people could benefit from the farming system, he added.

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