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Project / Program : AID S4 Program (`Save Agriculture, Save Farmers, Safe Food Save Environment‘)

o      During implementation of the projects AABAD and DREAM, AID experienced that the soil fertility was losing day by day as well as it was found the adverse effect on public health due to application of higher doses chemical fertilizers for food crops production. Another adverse effect of chemical fertilizer was degradation of environmental ecosystem. AID always gives priority to serve mass people and very much concern with public health. Hence to save the public health and environmental ecosystem AID is committed to bring about the behavioral change of the farmers in case of using high doses chemical fertilizer. So, AID has developed a project “Save Agriculture, Save Farmers, Safe Food, Save Environment - S⁴ program”, with an aim to demonstrate a Green Union through promoting indigenous knowledge and green practices of the community people, where environment will remain natural and green. The project is embodied with Biogas and ICS for reducing smoke emits during cooking, Solar Home System and Solar Irrigation for lighting the rural villages and irrigation, Vermi compost for reducing application of higher doses chemical fertilizers for food crops production, marketing outlet of save food, afforestation, income generating activities, Cowrearing and Milk production and promote and preserve indigenous culture of the locality.  

 Objective of the program:

1. To ensure green environment and alternative livelihoods providing ICS, Biogas, Solar     Home System and SIPS.

2. To produce poison free food by using organic fertilizers and pesticide and indigenous seeds   instead of chemical fertilizer and pesticide and GM( genetically modified) seeds for saving public health and environment.

3. To ensure fair market price of produced safe food following value chain process through marketing in the shopping malls of city areas and in the local markets.

4. To create income generating opportunities for the people of the targeted area, especially women, through traditional food processing and handicrafts.

5. To promote traditional folk culture.

project has primarily started its operation since 01 August, 2015 with the following activities that will be implemented throughout Porahati Union under Sadar Upozila of Jhenaidah district with the financial assistance of Midland Bank Ltd.

Vermi Composting.

 Studies indicate that there is significant amount of ‘residual pesticides’ contaminating our food stuff long after they are taken away from farms for human consumption. According to United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) nearly 3 million people suffer from ‘acute pesticide poisons’ and some 10 to 20 thousand people die every year from it in the developing countries. Unlike other countries Bangladesh faces the critical situation for the agrochemical in the agricultural and health concern. Hence AID has taken initiatives under its S project to produce vermicompost so that people are encouraged to use the organic compost in food crops production.

Organic Pesticide production:  Organic Pesticide are producing here by using cow urine, Bordo mixture (a mixture of onion, mustard oil and detergent/soap), and neem oil to protect the crops plant from fungus and other pests. This initiative will bring about the behavioral change of the farmers from the use of high dose of harmful chemical pesticide.

Cow rearing and Milk production:  Initially 4 milch-cows of high yielding variety are rearing here   for milk production. Gradually this number will be increased to meet the growing needs of pure milk of the locality and encourage the target people of the of the project area   for cow rearing. This alternative income generating activity will contribute to their economic upliftment.

Duck Rearing: One of the components of S-4 program is to Poultry and Duck Rearing where Poultry and ducks of local breed will be rearing here to meet up the demand of animal protein of the locality through ensuring the supply of eggs and meat produced by the project. . Initially the project is rearing 250 ducks of local variety and this number will be increased latter on according to the need of the local

Biogas Plant: A biogas plant has been installed  for utmost utilization of the cow dung  for producing gas for cooking instead of biomass as the biomass smoke emits during cooking is a cause of indoor air pollution affecting the public health. On the other hand, the slurry a residual product of biogas can be used as good organic fertilizer, which maintain the soil fertility and increase crop production.

Save food production and marketing: As a part of 10 Safe food production technology promotions, the Paddy, rice, wheat, pulse like onion, garlic etc. and vegetables free from the chemical fertilizers and pesticides are being produced here by the farmers under the direct supervision of the project. A marketing outlet has already been established by the project to sell this save foods to the people.

Seed production: During the peak agricultural season farmers fail to arrange quality seeds in time with even higher price. Day by day farmers are becoming losers by purchasing adulterant seeds, but no measures are existed to protect the situation. Hence the project has taken an initiative for production, processing, packaging and marketing linkage of 10 variety of quality seeds.  

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বিশ্ব ভোক্তা অধিকার দিবস উদযাপন উপলক্ষে ক্যাব এর উদ্যোগে মানবাধিকার সংস্থা, বিভিন্ন সামাজিক সংগঠন, এনজিও, সিভিল সোসাইটির অংশগ্রহণে বর্ণাঢ্য শোভাযাত্রা ও মানববন্ধন অনুষ্ঠিত - March 15, 2017
 
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