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

Nalitabari people at high risk of arsenic

July 2, 2013

Alternative sources of water a dire need
Nalitabari people at high risk of arsenicThe people in Nalitabari upazila of Sherpur are at dangerous risk of arsenic contamination.
There are about 2.5 lakh people
in 12 unions of the upazila.
A considerable number of these people are at high risk of arsenic.
There are a total of 22,150 tube wells in the upazila.
Of them, water of 7,000 tube wells was examined and presence of arsenic was found in 1022 of them.
The arsenic contaminated tube wells were marked with red sign and those free from arsenic were marked with green. Read more

Unauthorised fishing puts existence of Muria Haor in jeopardy

December 29, 2012

The existence of Muria Haor in Biyanibazar of Sylhet is now under threat for lack of a fish sanctuary along the vast water body, once bountiful with fish resources.
Unabated fishing through use of current nets and mosquito nets not only disturbs fish breeding in the haor but it has also denuded the water body of majority of the fish species once it had.
Once upon a time, the haor was home to at least 115 species of fish, most of which are now absent here.
Several spices of fish Read more

A teacher with a difference

October 6, 2012

Bahaz takes no day-off, no leave for 33 years
Md Bahaz Ali Fakir, an English teacher of a secondary school, has not taken even a day’s leave for the past 33 years, setting an example of great devotion to his profession.
Teaching at Shaheed Smrity High School and College in Tangail’s Madhupur upazila, Bahaz, 55, has been off work only on weekends and national holidays over the years, despite many difficulties along the way.
Headmaster of the school Mohammad Bazlur Rashid Khan said Read more

Deforestation causes embankment erosion in Sitakunda

September 30, 2012

Rampant deforestation on the coastal green belt at Sonaichhari union of Chittagong’s Sitakunda upazila for establishing ship breaking yards is causing the breakdown of
the union’s embankment.
Subsequently seawater from the Bay of Bengal is inundating the adjoining villages at every high tide, causing immense suffering to the residents.
Nityananda Jaladas, resident of one of the villages, Ghoramara, said the whole coastal area was a big government forest Read more

Eid brings no joy to the poor

August 18, 2012

In Arabic Eid means ‘festivity’. Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, is observed after a month-long ‘siam’ (fasting). Although Eid is all about feast and festivity, it does not carry the same meaning for the poor and homeless.
On the day of Eid, people traditionally wear new clothes, eat delicacies, and enjoy the day with their family and friends, while many poor people in the country virtually starve on the day. Wearing of new clothes on the Eid day is a daydream for them.
Jamila Khatun, who lives Read more

Lawachhara National Park at risk

August 11, 2012

The eco-system of Lawachhara National Park in Moulvibazar is at risk because of indiscriminate destruction of forest resources, a heavy rush of visitors even into the deep forest and lack of proper maintenance and scarcity of wild animals.
The district administration has already expressed concern about the worrying state of the environment protection system in the park.
In a letter to the forest and environment ministry, the district administration made a number of recommendations to Read more

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