A young agro enthusiast helping farmers in Tangail

May 18, 2022

Mirza Shakil
When the pandemic hit and in-person classes at universities were suspended, Shakil Ahmed, then a final-year student of agriculture department at Noakhali Science and Technology University, had returned home.
But he refused to sit idle, and so, asked his father for a plot of land to farm squash.
The yield was massive as he followed modern methods. After that, he cultivated more vegetables and fruits, including cucumber, melon and watermelon on more land. This time too, he Read more

Brood fish release sample eggs in Halda

May 16, 2022

Brood fish in the Halda have released sample eggs – indicating full spawning – since Saturday night at various points of the river.
Egg collectors got 200-500 grammes of eggs on average since Saturday night from the river.
Ashu Barua from Madunaghat area, a seasoned egg collector, told The Daily Star that they started coming across the eggs since Saturday night and hope to see full spawning soon.
Professor Manzoorul Kibria, an eminent Halda researcher, told Read more

Ban on catching hilsa to end at midnight after 2 months

April 30, 2022

The ban on catching hilsa will be lifted at midnight today after two months.
The fisheries department said due to the two-month ban, it will be possible to collect the desired target of 6 lakh tonnes of hilsa fish this time, reports our Barishal correspondent.
However, many fishermen said they are not interested in going to the river with nets now due to Eid.
Kalu Majhi, a fishermam in Kajirhat area of Daulatkhan upazila of Bhola, said, “There are no fish in the river at present. And I will Read more

Second chance at education for Pirojpur elderly

April 22, 2022

“I never knew there’s so much beauty and fun hidden inside a book,” said 44-year-old Salma Begum, who learned to read and write very recently.
“I had to blindly trust anyone who could read to let me know the contents of important documents. Now I’m self-sufficient in that regard, and use my own signature instead of thumb impressions,” added a delighted Salma.
This has been possible for a special programme going on at Pattashi Model Government Primary School Centre in Pirojpur’s Indurkani upazila.
People aged 15 to 45 years and Read more

Barind farmers at mercy of DTW operators

April 10, 2022

Ethnic minorities suffer more
Suzon Ali . Rajshahi
Farmers in the Barind region are held hostage by Barind Multipurpose Development Authority deep tube well operators.
Some farmers in the region said that deep tube well operators did not irrigate their land properly while others said that operators extracted extra money and ‘undue benefits’ from them.
Talking with New Age, farmers in all the nine upazilas of Rajshahi district alleged various irregularities, corruption and nepotism against BMDA deep tube well operators.
On March 23, two Santal farmers Read more

Local seeds for local needs

April 7, 2022

Female farmers of Khulna exchange varieties at fair
Dipankar Roy
Seeds of local varieties – preserved by families for generations – have been the most adaptive way of cultivation for the distinct climatic conditions of the country’s coastal areas.
In what is considered a yearly tradition, female farmers exchange the seeds at the “seed fair”, organised every year by the local farmers’ organisation and non-government development organisation LoCos at Gangarampur Union Parishad ground in Khulna’s Batiaghata upazila.
In the last edition, local women Read more

Ingenious indigenous innovation

March 25, 2022

Kabuljan Begum’s eco-friendly oven makes waves across Rajshahi
Anwar Ali
Fourteen years ago, Kabuljan Begum developed an environment-friendly oven to keep herself and her family safe from air pollution caused by open-fire ovens.
Her solution has now become the go-to choice for hundreds of others in the rural areas of Rajshahi region, covering three districts of Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj.
From her remote village in Horidebpur in Rajshahi’s Tanore upazila, some 36 km off Rajshahi city, 55-year-old Kabuljan Begum visits Read more

Tow month long hilsha fishing ban imposes from today

March 1, 2022

In a bid to conserve Jatka or juveniles of hilsa, the government has imposed a two-month ban on netting, selling and transporting hilsa in six sanctuaries from today (March 1). Bimal Chandra Das, fisheries officer of Barishal, said the ban is going to be observed across 432km area of six districts, including three in Barishal division.
According to the Fisheries Department, 100km from Shatnal Point in Chandpur district to Char Alexander point in Laxmipur district; 90km from Char Ilisha to Char Pial in Bhola district; 100km from Char Veduria in Bhola district to Char Read more

Food crisis hits bee colonies

February 17, 2022

Thousands kill each other, climate change blamed
Emran Hossain
This year’s frequent, untimely winter rain left bees, a key pollinator, in an unprecedented conflict as they died in thousands fighting over food, beekeepers and government agricultural extension officials said.
Affected beekeepers said that they never faced a crisis of food for bees to this extent in more than a decade since they began keeping bees for collecting honey.
While untimely winter rain harmed crop plants physically, eventually leading to reduced flowering, it hampered pollination as well for bees do not come out of their colonies on Read more

Scientists expect Kakila will roam into water again

September 17, 2021

Freshwater garfish, known as Kakila in Bangladesh, once found in open water bodies, especially in rivers, canals, haors etc., is a delicious fish that is rich in nutrients, but now it is almost extinct, due to the effects of climate, natural disasters and various man-made habitats, damage to breeding grounds and the number of the fish began decreasing drastically. Although its found in some areas in the region, the quantity is very low.
Hopefully, scientists from the Freshwater Sub-station of the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) in Jessore have succeeded in Read more

The fastest Sailfish caught in the Bay of Bengal

August 21, 2021

Curious people rushed to see and touch the Sailfish caught in the fisherman’s nets on Wednesday
Two marine fish have been caught in fishermen’s nets in the Bay of Bengal. Fishermen locally call it ‘golpata’ fish because of the shape of its back fins. Experts say, actually these are sailfish, members of the billfish family and are found throughout the warmer waters of the world’s oceans. It is widely considered the fastest fish in the ocean.
Due to the ban on fishing in the sea (Bay of Bengal) for 65 days, the biodiversity of marine fish species or marine aquatic animals has improved. Marine fish are growing in it. For this reason, experts think that large marine fish are being Read more

Bad days for good farmers in Bangladesh 

August 12, 2015

Chemically grown pineapples see higher demand
Bad days for good farmers in BangladeshConsumers are falling for chemically grown eye-candy pineapples that look bigger and brighter than the naturally farmed ones but actually taste bland and have less nutrient content.
This trend is hurting the farmers who are not using excessive chemicals while growing the fruit.
To get a firsthand experience of the market trend, this correspondent visited Jalchhatra Bazar in Tangail’s Madhupur on Monday.
Over 1.25 lakh tonnes of pineapple are produced in Madhupur a year, making it one of the country’s biggest pineapple producing Read more

Three in one

February 12, 2014

Cost effective agricultural tool made in Dinajpur
Three in oneA locally manufactured harvester in Dinajpur proves to be an all-in-one device, while the cost is relatively low. Anwar Hossain, a 51-year old quack at Dakkhin Basudevpur village under Phulbari upazila, designed the machine that can harvest, thresh and pack paddy or wheat simultaneously.
The machine, which requires only a driver and an operator, can harvest at the rate of one acre per hour, cutting labour costs significantly and outperforming the imported models.
Anwar said: “An imported Read more

Grabbers feast on Bakkhali river

November 23, 2013

Lax legal process encourages enchroachers in Cox’s Bazar
Grabbers feast on Bakkhali riverBakkhali river in Cox’s Bazar is getting narrower day by day as the land grabbers are out to encroach on both sides of the river by erecting illegal structures.
Many of the grabbers have either built structures or hung signboards on the encroached land along the banks of the river, stretching over an area of five kilometres from Uttar Nuniachhara to Majhirghat in the town.
The grabbers are also active to grab about 15 kms of river banks in the suburbs, locals sources said.
At least 1,000 illegal Read more

Unusual rain at end of monsoon

October 23, 2013

Unusual rain at end of monsoonJust before the end of the monsoon, the country has been experiencing unusual October rains following three drier months in a row when the monsoon was supposed to be most active with heavy rainfalls.
Usually, the country experiences a maximum of eight rainy days in October, the Met office website says. But this time around, the country has already had around 14 rainy days and as per the weather forecast, like yesterday, rainfall may occur today also at
places in the country.
“At the moment, the Read more

Conqueror of odds

October 21, 2013

Pirojpur farmer prevails over salinity through innovation
Conqueror of oddsDefying the onslaught of salinity that had long been affecting rice cultivation, a farmer in Pirojpur is now excelling in fish and vegetable farming, setting an example for others to follow.
“Making profits from the combined farming of fish and vegetables is a total shift from the loss era of rice farming,” said Azizur Rahman Mollah alias Hanif, 50, of Uttar Mithakhali village in Mathbaria upazila.
He told The Daily Star that they have 24 acres of land, and rice cultivation was traditionally their main works. But with increased Read more

Sylhet experiences this year’s highest rainfall

October 7, 2013

Sylhet experiences this year’s highest rainfallSylhet experienced this year’s highest rainfall till date with over 247mm of rain falling in the nine hours preceding 3:00pm yesterday,
states the regional Met office.
Heavy rainfall since early morning caused waterlogging in different areas from two to five hours till 5:00pm, leading to a low presence of students in educational institutions and vehicles on the roads.
The affected areas include Electric Supply Road, Loharpara, Hawapara, Darga Mohalla, Sonarpara, Tantipara, Sagardighirpar, Read more

Jamuna devours part of Sirajganj town protection embankment

September 20, 2013

Jamuna devours part of Sirajganj town protection embankmentABOUT 75-metre stretch of town protection embankment in Sirajganj was washed away by river Jamuna on Wednesday night.
Locals and Water Development Board officials said that the concrete part of the guide-wall as well as its
adjacent road on the embankment began to be eroded at about 10:00pm on Wednesday and the erosion continued till Thursday morning.
The erosion was, however, controlled after six-hour efforts through dumping concrete blocks and geotextile sand bags Read more

Erosion leaves thousands homeless

September 15, 2013

Erosion leaves thousands homelessFloodwaters started receding but erosion by major rivers devoured vast areas leaving thousands of people homeless in several
districts across the country.
New Age correspondents depicted harrowing pictures of thousands of people rendered homeless by erosion in Faridpur, Chapainawabganj, Khulna, Sirajganj, Munshiganj, Manikganj, Barishal and Bogra caused by the Padma, Jamuna, Meghna and other major rivers swollen by torrential rains.
The rivers continue to Read more

Sight to forget

September 1, 2013

Beautiful jhau woods along the beach now a torture to eyes
Sight to forgetThe jhau woods along the Cox’s Bazar seashore are in decline, putting the future of the world’s longest sea beach in jeopardy.
Setting up of illegal structures, indiscriminate felling of jhau trees[tamarisk], and leasing of land adjacent to the beach stand out as contributing factors to the decline of the woods.
Around 1000 people, mostly Rohingyas, are living in two slums and a village inside the jhau forest that stretches over a four-kilometre area from Naziratek in the north to Hotel Sea Read more

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