SAJIDA Foundation has undertaken activities under the Agricultural and Livestock Unit with the support of PKSF since 2013 that aims to boost agricultural productivity thereby generating employment in rural areas. The program focuses on developing on farming and livestock rearing conventions in order to ensure food security. The activities are undertaken in the Microfinance branches which also disburse seasonal agricultural loans in Hathajari, Nazirhaat, Rawjan and Sitakundo in Chittagong. An agriculturist, a veterinarian and an aqua-culturist work with other technical staff and a Technical TA with a diploma in agriculture to improve on established conventions.

Beneficiaries selected are awarded grants and receive various technical trainings, attending demonstrations and learning about various innovative procedures through workshops, field visits and training exercises. Farming clients will be able to access lesson modules on efficacy of varieties of seed and feed and technologies and methods. Those affiliated with Livestock and Fisheries are updated on commercial and small scale advances in livestock, poultry, and fish culture. They are also provided access to veterinarian services that include vaccinations and de-worming. The final push at optimization of agricultural practices includes development of market chains.

Agriculture

Demonstration Purpose
Porous Pipe Measure irrigation in Boro paddy field
Pheromone Trap Reduces usage of chemical insecticide
USG (Urea Super Groomer)  use in Paddy Culture Reduces misuse of urea fertilizer
Paddy seed Cultivation and Preservation Reduces over purchase of same
Cultivation of new HYV- (High Yielding Varieties) Increases production and introduces new HYV
Vegetable Cultivation at Home Creates awareness of maximizing usage of the homestead
Parching Natural pest management
Organic Vegetable Production Creates awareness on safe vegetable cultivation
Vermi-Compost Builds consciousness of natural and safe fertilisation
USG use in Vegetable Cultivation Builds consciousness of USG application for crops
Field day Motivates others for better engagement

 

Livestock

Demonstration Purpose
Goat Rearing-Slated floor (Ultra Poor) Introduces modern scientific technology
Goat Rearing- slated floor (Poor) Introduces modern scientific technology
Rearing Milking Cows Increases production using scientific technology
Beef Fattening Fattening within 4 months using modern technology
Rearing Sonali Hens Introduces new breeds thereby allowing Income Generating Activities (IGA)
Buck Center Creates IGA and encourages development of good breeds
Duck Rearing Creates IGA and encourages development of good breeds
Rabbit Rearing Creates new IGA
Quail Rearing Creates new IGA
De-worming & Vaccination Creates awareness of De-worming & Vaccination

 

Fish Culture

Demonstration Purpose
Carp- Mola Polly Culture Introduces modern technology
Carp/Prawn /Carp Fattening Introduces modern technology
Carp catfish culture Introduces modern technology
Koi-Desi/Thai/Vietnam culture Introduces modern technology

Agriculture & Livestock Unit

Particulars Achievement
Technology Demonstration on Agriculture 310
Technology Demonstration on Fish culture 146
Technology Demonstration on Livestock & Poultry 756
Farmers received training on Agri. Livestock & Poultry 2565

Nasima’s Story

Nasima is a 38 year-old housewife who lives in a village in the Bahadurabad union of Jamalpur district. Her family consists of her husband and 2 children. Her husband’s income as the driver of a human-hauler was not sufficient to sustain the family and they spent their days in hardship. The situation worsened when Nasima’s expenses built up with her two school-going children. She tried various ways to earn additional income but was not successful.

In 2012 Nasima became a member of SAJIDA’s Bahadurabad branch and received Taka 5000 as loan. With this loan Nasima started duck rearing but was unable to continue due to lack of necessary skills. Instead of losing hope, however, Nasima strengthened her resolve.

In 2014, Nasima received training on duck rearing using modern technology. Subsequently she received a grant of Taka 10,000 to start a farm. In consultation with concerned technical program staff, Nasima once again started duck farming with 135 ducklings of good breed. After four months she sold 35 ducks worth Taka 7000, with the remaining 105 ducks in her farm mature for egg-laying.

Nasima hopes that during the egg laying period she will get at least 100 eggs and will be able to earn around Taka 900-1000 per day. She is very attentive to her farm and takes good care of her ducks with the hope of a better future for her family.