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UDDIPAN’s Agriculture based Programme

Introduction:

Bangladesh is an agro based country. Agriculture was considered to be the backbone of the Bangladesh economy at the time of its independence since about half of its gross domestic product (GDP) would come from this sector. About 70% people involve directly or indirectly in agriculture, over the years the contribution of the agriculture sector to GDP has declined due to the structural change of the economy, lack of modern technology, lack of technical knowledge and skill. of the farmers. It is necessary to take appropriate strategies which would really support our agriculture to boost up its productivity.

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UDDIPAN has been taken initiatives in 2009 for increasing production, food security and create employment opportunities through increasing skill of the farmers, technical assistance and investment in agriculture sector.

Funding Partner:

Palli Karma sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Bangladesh Bank and Commercial Banks.

Project Period:

Started in June 2009 to ongoing.

Working areas:

The Program at first started from Nazirpur, Jonail branch at Nator district and Homna, Madia, Baruara, Nangalkote branch at Comilla district as of June 2009. At present this program has been implemented in 28 district through 237 branches.

Target Group:

Small & marginal sized farmers who have 0 to 1 hectare of land.

Key objectives of the Agriculture based Programme:

  • To improve the skills the of small and marginal sized farmers throughtraining and demonstration
  • To increase the food security and livelihood of the farmers.
  • To assist the farmers to grow more food in small farmyard and earn maximum profit
  • To enhance financial ability for increasing agricultural productivity & diversity through providing credit support of the farmers.
  • To create employment opportunity and increase income of the farmers.

1. Agriculture(Crops) Sector:

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Bangladesh has a primarily agrarian economy. Agriculture is the single largest producing sector of the economy since it comprises about 30% of the country’s GDP and employs around 60% of the total labor force. The total amount of cultivable land been reduced as the number of population is increasing day by day. As such the poor farmers of this country face problems in every sphere to run their families with their low income earned from minimum land and also they suffer nutritional deficiency especially for the children. It is obvious that the average rate of production of per unit of land is very low in Bangladesh. From geological point of view it is apparent that the land of this country is fertile and capable to produce more if appropriate measures are taken. Although, the average rate of production of our land is low but it is not true that productivity of our land is low.

UDDIPAN believes that poverty is the most barrier of development of our country, in that sense, Agriculture Sector of UDDIPAN has a vital rule and always works to elevate the poverty of the poor people.

1.1 Improving Approach

UDDIPAN might improve Agriculture sector in Bangladesh by following approaches. A Five Stages approach for farmer groups is intended:

First stage: Transfer of selected promising agricultural technologies in UDDIPAN’s potential area for increasing agricultural productivity.

Second stage: Help experience sharing with neighbour’s farmers on the technology adoption and promoting bio-intensified agriculture practices.

Third stage: Promoting high value agricultural (HVA) commodities contract farming linking agri-business enterprises.

Fourth stage: Capacity building of stakeholders.

Fifth stage: Provide inputs and credit support.

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1.2 Key activities:

1) Mobilize the small & marginal farmer and formation of village based organization: UDDIPAN mobilizes the small & marginal farmers at the rural level. UDDIPAN also formes village based organizations for providing technical supports.

2) Issues Based Meeting: UDDIPAN always organize issue based meeting to aware the farmers in different issues; like Modern Technology, flood & salient tolerant variety, marketing, storage etc. For the FY 2017-2018, UDDIPAN has organized 234 number of issue based meeting in which 2840 number of farmers are attended.

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3) Skill Training: UDDIPAN organizes agriculture based skill development training course for the small & marginalized farmers in 237 branches under 28 districts.. As of June 2018, the organization has organized training course in which 17,544 number of farmers are received training on crops and 5,894 number of farmers are received training on vegetable cultivation. For the FY 2017-2018, UDDIPAN has organized 40 number of agriculture based skill training and the participant number 987.

4) Established demonstration plot: UDDIPAN has established some demonstration plot on different agriculture based granular urea use in rice and maize cultivation, vegetable cultivation using ICM method, vermy compost preparation, summer tomato cultivation etc. The total number of demonstration plot established 73 at the financial year of July 2017 to June 2018 and as on June 2018; Total number of demonstration is 460.

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5) Exposures visit: UDDIPAN organized one exposure visit for crop cultivar farmers to the Regional Agricultural Research Instititute, in Jessore under Kuwait Goodwill Fund (KGF) for the Promotion of Food Security in Islamic Countries project at the year of July’16 to June’17.

6) Day observations/Field Days: Five hundred thirty UDDIPAN’s farmer were attended the six field days which were arranged different farmer’s field under Kushtia and Comilla districts in the financial year July’17 to June’18..

7) Input support: UDDIPAN has provided different types of input among 22,999 farmers. at the year July’17 to June’18, these inputs are Seeds, Pheromone trap, Urea applicator machine etc.

8) Provide loan support: UDDIPAN has provided loan to the beneficiaries in different agriculture based sub-sectors like-rice, wheat, maize, potato, tomato, food processing etc. As om June 2018, UDDIPAN has disbursed in crops Tk. 9417.15 millions and in vegetable Tk. 3508.35 millions as agricultural loan. At the FY July’17 to June’18, the organization has disbursed loan in crops Tk. 2422.78 millions and in vegetable Tk. 1115.48 millions.

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9) Weather Index Based Crop Insurance (WIBCI) : UDDIPAN has provided awareness and training to the farmers on Amon and Boro paddy in Rajshahi, Sirajganj and Noakhali districts. The program was organized by gathering 2000 farmers in those UDDIPAN’s working areas. Among them 948 farmers where 543 farmers in Amon paddy and 405 in Boro paddy were involved with Weather Index-based Crop Insurance. They all have got compensation against crops insurance amount of Taka maximum 7500 and minimum 1100 per beneficiaries depend on crops damage.

2. Livestock and Poultry Sector:

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Livestock animals, kept specially on a farm, for economic benefits. In Bangladesh these are generally cattle, buffalo, goat and sheep. Livestock constitute an important part of the wealth of a country; it provides manure, meat and milk to the vast majority of the people. It plays an important role in the agricultural production sphere. Statistics show that about 2.9% of national GDP is covered by the livestock sector. About 20% of the population of Bangladesh earn their livelihood through work associated with raising cattle and poultry..

UDDIPAN plays an important role in the livestock & poultry sector. UDDIPAN has been taken initiatives in 2009 for increasing production of livestock and poultry. UDDIPAN might improve livestock & poultry sector in Bangladesh by following activities.

2.1 Key activities:

1) Issues Based Meeting: UDDIPAN always organize issue based meeting to aware the farmers in different disease of livestock like FMD, anthrax etc.

2) Skill Training: UDDIPAN organizes livestock and poultry based skill development training course for the farmers As of June 2018, the organization has organized training course in which 17,134 number of farmers are received training on livestock and 3,265 number of farmers are received training on poultry. For the FY 2017-2018, UDDIPAN has organized 43 number of livestock based skill training and the total number of farmers 1056 and 150 number of farmers have received poultry training.

3) Established demonstration plot: UDDIPAN has established some demonstration plot on goat rearing.. The total number of demonstration plot established 20 at the year of July 2017 to June 2018.

4) Input support: UDDIPAN has provided goat as input among 78 farmers. and poultry among 11 farmers at the financial year July’17 to June’18. UDDIPAN has organized Vaccination program from time to rime and as on June’18, the organization has vaccinated the total number of -57754 cattle, goat, sheep and poultry.

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5) Provide loan support: UDDIPAN has provided loan to the beneficiaries in different livestock & based sub-sectors like-cow rearing, beef fattening, poultry rearing etc As on June 2018,UDDIPAN has disbursed loan in livestock Tk. 4431.60 millions and in poultry Tk. 184.65 millions. In the FY July’17 to June’18, the organization has disbursed in livestock Tk. 1407.63 & in poultry Tk. 39.83..

6) Livestock insurance: UDDIPAN has been started livestock Insurance Program in a new dimension since September 2013 with an aim to reduce the financial loss and security of livelihood Beef Fattening) through small amount of premium and paravate fee. As on June’18 UDDIPAN has disbursed loan amount of Taka 153,79,12,000 among the beneficiaries and the total number of policy is 58,454 and the FY July’17 to June’18, the disbursed amount of Taka 359750000 is & 10484 number of policy sold against beef fattening.

3. Fisheries sector:

Fisheries sector of our country is an important sector. Bangladesh has ranked third in the world in terms of inland fish production in 2018, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The fish industry currently makes up 3.61 percent of Bangladesh’s GDP.

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UDDIPAN plays an important role in the fisheries sector. UDDIPAN has been taken initiatives for increasing production of fish and protein intake. UDDIPAN might improve fisheries sector in Bangladesh by following activities.

3.1 Major activities:

1) Skill Training: UDDIPAN organizes fisheries based skill development training course for the farmers As of June 2018, the organization has organized training course in which 2548 number of farmers who involved in fish culture are received training on fish culture.

2) Established demonstration pond: UDDIPAN has established some demonstration pond on mixed fish culture. As on June 2018, the t99 number of demonstration pond and at the year of July 2017 to June 2018, 06 number of demonstration pond are established.

3) Provide loan support: UDDIPAN has provided loan to the beneficiaries in fisheries sector. As on June 2018,UDDIPAN has disbursed the amount of Tk. 821.69 millions and FY July’17 to June’18 disbursed Tk.225.16 millions..

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4. Agriculture Equipment Sector:

In Bangladesh about 52 percent of the work force is engaged in the agriculture sector, which contributes about 24 percent to the gross domestic product. This indicates a very low labour productivity. It can be enhanced through increased use of agricultural machinery. In view of this aspect, UDDIPAN has been taken initiatives to improve the agricultural mechanization. UDDIPAN always try to aware the farmers about the use of agro-machinery and its benefit. Agricultural mechanization are reduced the labour cost and increase the productivity. UDDIPAN helps the farmers to purchasing agricultural machinery through providing credit support. As on June 2018 UDDIPAN has disbursed the amount of Tk. 101.56 millions and in the FY July’17 to June’18, the organization has disbursed the amount of Tk. 28.15 millions.