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

DemonstrationPurpose
Porous PipeMeasure irrigation in Boro paddy field
Pheromone TrapReduces usage of chemical insecticide
USG (Urea Super Groomer)  use in Paddy CultureReduces misuse of urea fertilizer
Paddy seed Cultivation and PreservationReduces over purchase of same
Cultivation of new HYV- (High Yielding Varieties)Increases production and introduces new HYV
Vegetable Cultivation at HomeCreates awareness of maximizing usage of the homestead
ParchingNatural pest management
Organic Vegetable ProductionCreates awareness on safe vegetable cultivation
Vermi-CompostBuilds consciousness of natural and safe fertilisation
USG use in Vegetable CultivationBuilds consciousness of USG application for crops
Field dayMotivates others for better engagement

 

Livestock

DemonstrationPurpose
Goat Rearing-Slated floor (Ultra Poor)Introduces modern scientific technology
Goat Rearing- slated floor (Poor)Introduces modern scientific technology
Rearing Milking CowsIncreases production using scientific technology
Beef FatteningFattening within 4 months using modern technology
Rearing Sonali HensIntroduces new breeds thereby allowing Income Generating Activities (IGA)
Buck CenterCreates IGA and encourages development of good breeds
Duck RearingCreates IGA and encourages development of good breeds
Rabbit RearingCreates new IGA
Quail RearingCreates new IGA
De-worming & VaccinationCreates awareness of De-worming & Vaccination

 

Fish Culture

DemonstrationPurpose
Carp- Mola Polly CultureIntroduces modern technology
Carp/Prawn /Carp FatteningIntroduces modern technology
Carp catfish cultureIntroduces modern technology
Koi-Desi/Thai/Vietnam cultureIntroduces modern technology

Agriculture & Livestock Unit

As of November, 2018

ParticularsAchievement
Technology Demonstration on Agriculture549
Technology Demonstration on Fish culture199
Technology Demonstration on Livestock & Poultry844
Farmers received training on Agri. Livestock & Poultry6,683

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.