Field day on BARI released sweet potato in Gaibandha
21 March 2016, Nirapad News: A field day on production and dissemination of BARI released orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) at Ratanpur village under Fulchhari upazila on Monday amid much enthusiasm.
A discussion meeting was held at the village around 10am on the occasion with district BRAC representative Amal Kumar Dam in the chair.
CIP Bangladesh in partnership with BRAC arranged the function under SUSTAIN project funded by UKaid in collaboration with department of agriculture extension and BARI.
UNO Masudur Rahman Mollah addressed the function as the chief guest and upazila agriculture officer M Tahazul Islam and district marketing officer M Moazzem Hossain were present as the special guests.
The meeting was also addressed, among others, by field coordinator (FC) of CIP Bangladesh Enamul Haque, farmer Farida Begum and journalist Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman.
The speakers in their speeches urged the farmers to farm the OFSP on their land in coming seasons to earn economical benefit in a bid to change their socio-economic condition side by side with meeting the nutritional demand particularly Vitamin A.
FC Enamul Haque said, female empowerment and removing gender disparity from the society through involving the women folk in income generating activities is another objective of OFSP farming.
Around 380 bighas of land owned by a total of 2500 farmers of Fulchhari and Sadar upazilas had been brought under the OFSP farming during the current season for the first time on trial basis for adaptation in the district.
UNO M Masudur Rahman Mollah assured all of giving his administrative help and assistance to expand the farming of the variety in farmers’ level and create market linkage between the businessmen and the growers to attain the cherished goal of the project.
Later, the guests visited the stall where different types of food items like payesh, parata, noodles, samucha, cake, singara, bhagi, bharta, halua, chips and bread prepared with OFSP with festive mood.
Earlier, UNO M Masudur Rahman Mollah formally inaugurated the harvest of OFSP at the land of farmer Farida Begum in the village as the chief guest and expressed his satisfaction over the yield.
A large number of agriculture officials, farmers, NGO activists, and invited guests including journalists were present on the occasion.