Generally, Agricultural crops flash away due to flood water every year beside the bank of River Jamuna. The community didn’t believe in this area that crops and vegetable cultivation is not possible during flood time. At the same time, children face food crisis because parents can’t provide proper nutritious food for their children. On the other side, in the summer season, they need huge irrigation for cultivation because the soil is sandy. This is the first time in this area that one farmer is using drip irrigation to his agricultural land and also using different types of adaptation options (i.e.Tower method system, drip irrigation, organic farming and vermicompost) to promote resilient agriculture. The farmer also uses plastic bottles for bottle drip irrigation during the dry season. His agricultural practices with low-cost climate-adaptive technology are suitable in these flood-affected areas and they will be easily replicated among other farmers in the community and out of the community. Adaptation related investment must include capacity building in climate-resilient agriculture, especially in the flood-affected region.
Md. Hatem Ali is a farmer who lives in Chargudibari village in the Koijuri union of Shahjadpur under the Sirajgonj District. His home is situated on the bank of Jamuna river where flood is a common severe phenomenon in this area. He lives with his wife named Ranjida Khatun (45) and he has 4 daughters and one son and all his children are married now Hatem Ali is a skilled farmer who has a few agricultural lands, Mr. Ali used to work hard on his agricultural land from morning to evening and try to produce crops in flood-affected areas. He lives in his own house and when severe floods occurred, his house flooded away several times. His wife gives him big support for producing organic food from his land. Previously he engaged with other jobs like van pulling, daily labor etc. People believe that the cultivation of crops and vegetables is not possible to produce in this area during flood time. Local community people living on the bank of Jamuna river and char land are surrounding where community people work in the sandy soil.
“Age amar jomir fosal sob jamuna vasaiya niya jaitho, ar poka makor er akromon o besi hoitho. Amar songshar chalithe onek Kosto hoitho. Kinto ami kokkono hal chari nai”. (Every year my crops was flooded and attracted by insects. But I never give up.) – Md. Hatem Al.
Mr Ali narrates, I always think about how to produce crops in these flood-affected areas which are abundant with sandy land. The child-centered Climate Adaptation project of Save the Children has given me assist both financial and technical support both for producing crops during the monsoon period and in the sandy soil. Now I know how to overcome this technology from extreme weather events (i.e., flood). Now in my land, I am practicing different types of low-cost agricultural adaptive options that are climate-resilient, eco-friendly and organic fertilizer. He added, there are few climate adaptation technologies I have been practicing such as flood-tolerant crops, water-efficient agriculture technology, drip irrigation, bottle drip irrigation, vertical method, pit compost, vermicompost and beekeeping.
Hatem Ali also said, “Chemical fertilizer is harmful to the environment as well as the human body, it also degrades soil health. CCA project helped me to practice vermicompost and compost from garbage which I am using in my agricultural land for producing organic food, it is an opportunity for me. I am trying to produce chemical-free fresh crops and vegetables from my land. Meanwhile, I am using a pheromone trap and solar insect trap for growing maximum production from my land. I am also cultivating vegetables by sack method so that they can be replaced in the safe zone during flood time. To increase crop production and ecological balance. CCA project helps me to set up beekeeping which is additional practice for my agricultural land. Now “my agricultural land has been introduced as a learning centre in this area”.
Often, so many farmers are coming from the community to see pheromone traps, vermicompost, and vertical gardens. Community children learning from the Hatem’s agriculture field, their knowledge is increasing. Now children are sharing the knowledge with the community, to their other friends and in school. Save the Children Bangladesh team and some agricultural experts visited this field-level intervention and all of them are hopeful about the future replication of this demonstration beyond a local level on a larger scale.