In Gopalganj district, the use of modern technology of agriculture in Kachuripana floating bed has created immense potential to ensure food security. Today, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices are produced commercially throughout the year on floating beds. Farmers profit from the sale of these vegetables, fruits and spices. 1,800 farmers from 5 upazilas in Gopalganj district have adopted this profitable technology. Deputy Director of Agricultural Extension Department in Gopalganj. Arvind Kumar Roy provided this information.
The official also said that vegetables have been produced in Kachuripana floating beds in Gopalganj for hundreds of years. Farmers in Tungipara Upazila, including the flooded Mitradanga, from nearby villages invented this method for their own purposes. They used to increase the size of the bed. Thus, the bed would break under the wind and the rain. There was no end to their problems in this cultivation. At that time, they grew leafy vegetables such as dharas, red vegetables and dates in this bed. The Agricultural Research Institute 5 years ago embarked on a project to expand and popularize research on cultivation of vegetables and spices on floating beds by applying modern technology to floating agriculture instead of methods traditional. Later, they started research work with the farmers in the field. They reduce the size of the bed. He began growing leaves, vines, fruits and spices in floating beds. He brought great success to Gopalganj. And this success has created immense potential for ensuring food security.
Dr. Mostafizur Rahman Talukder said that our agricultural land is shrinking. The population is increasing day by day. Along with this, there is a risk of disruption of agricultural production due to climate change. To address these challenges, the government took up this project with the aim of increasing agricultural production through better use of land in flooded areas during the monsoon. For 5 years we have been working with the modern technology of floating agriculture. This technology has made it possible to ensure nutrition by producing food. Along with this, food is within reach of people. Additional Secretary of Extension Division of Ministry of Agriculture Rabindrashri Bara visited modern technology of cultivation of floating agriculture in Mitradanga village of Tungipara Upazila of Gopalganj. He also shared experiences with farmers, researchers and agricultural extension agents. He will present it to the political decision-makers of the country. Then the policy makers will make a decision in this regard. If the modern technology of floating agriculture is developed, it will be possible to ensure the nutrition of ordinary people by increasing the country’s food production.
Senior Scientific Officer of the Gopalganj Surface Research Department of the Agricultural Research Institute. Mohsin Howladar and HM Khairul Basar said most of the land in Gopalganj is under water for 8 months of the year. Only one Borodhan crop was produced in these lands in one year. Therefore, farmers make floating beds on water using waste water to increase agricultural production. He cultivated and produced leafy vegetables there. In this, they could provide for the expenses of the family. We taught farmers the modern technology of floating bed agriculture. Now they commercially produce various crops here including watermelon, bangi, onion, chilli, ginger, turmeric, cucumber, squash, pumpkin, tomato, dhyasha, chichinga, cabbage. flower, shrimp, cabbage, broccoli, red cabbage, ghee-kanchan cabbage, spinach. . . They eat them themselves. He earns money by selling the extra crop in the market. The cultivation of this method indicates the food security of the country.
Sakthi Pad Kirttanya (65), a farmer from Mitradanga village, said that we are 15/20 farmers who farm using modern technology in floating beds throughout the year. I can earn a lot of money by selling the crops that are produced in the market. We see a lot of people tending to grow in floating beds all year round. This growing method produces safe and poison-free crops. So there is a huge demand for our products in the market.
Krishani Champa Kirttanya (50) from Mitradanga village said, “Before, we used to cultivate floating beds as our grandfathers used to show. The harvests were not so good there. Crops improve after the adoption of modern technology. We are fine now.
Rabindrashri Bara, additional secretary of the Agriculture Ministry’s Extension Division, said there were 229 bils and wetlands in Gopalganj. They are submerged during the monsoons. Lots of kachuripana is available here. Therefore, if we can extend cultivation in 229 Bills and Reservoirs by making floating beds on water with kachuripana, the vegetables produced on floating beds in this district will be able to meet the vegetable demand of much of the country. He also said that in the cultivation of this method, modern equipment for making beds with kachuri is used in different countries of the world. Here it will be recommended to add these modern technologies in this culture. I visited the growing area on floating beds. I exchanged the experience of the people concerned. I will present it to policy makers. They will decide the future of this culture. But I think this method of farming will play a role in ensuring food security and nutrition.