When it comes to food production, climate change poses a great threat for food security and put agricultural production at risk. To tackle climate change and de-escalate the adverse effects of climate change as well as to ensure food security in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation (BONDHU) has undertaken a project titled Climate-friendly Agriculture Project.
To implement the project, BONDHU has taken two initiatives to continue and accelerate agricultural production through mitigation and adaptation to climate change – Regenerative Agriculture with Small Holder Farming Communities of Bangladesh and Climate-friendly Paddy Cultivation in Bangladesh.
Excessive use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and groundwater is adversely affecting agriculture . The amount of organic matter in the soil is decreasing, environmental pollution and agricultural biodiversity are being endangered, and the micro-organisms living in the soil are decreasing. The irrigation water crisis is supposed to occur as the groundwater level is falling day by day. Hence, climate action is an emmergency and climate-resilient technologies should be introduced and implemented immediately. In order to respond to climate-action and fight climate change, Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation (BONDHU) has been implementing Climate-friendly Agriculture project in different areas of Bangladesh.
Project Area: 1,40,000 Hectare
Duration of Project: 2022-2030 (8 Years)
♣ Producing safe food through various environmentally friendly techniques without using chemical pesticides in crop fields; Insect control using twigs, light traps, sex pheromone traps, yellow glue traps, organic pesticides (e.g. Bionym plus, Phytomax, Nimbicidin, Tracer, Success, etc.);
♣ Irrigating in wetting and drying method periodically
♣ Ensuring moderate use of chemical fertilizers especially urea fertilizers
♣ Producing and using large quantities of organic manure, such as compost manure, vermicompost, green manure, etc.
♣ Introducing a drip irrigation system for vegetables, spices, crops and fruits as well as saving irrigation water by mulching or covering the vegetable field bed with straw/water hyacinth
At present 2500-4000 liters of water is used for producing per kg paddy. In most cases, irrigation is performed with groundwater. As a result, on the one hand, the groundwater level is going down day by day and the fertility of the land is decreasing, on the other hand, the methane gas emissions from the paddy fields are increasing due to submergence which is one of the main causes of climate change. To get rid of this condition, it is necessary to prevent the wastage of irrigation water. To this end, the following activities have been undertaken under the Climate-Friendly Paddy Cultivation in Bangladesh-
♠ Providing Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) irrigation in paddy fields. This method can save up to 28-30% of water, abate the cost of irrigation by 30-50% as well as de-escalate the emissions of methane gas from paddy field by about 30-40%.
♠ Minimising the use of chemical fertilizers in paddy cultivation and enhance the use of organic and green fertilizers. Especially reducing the use of nitrogen-rich urea fertilizers;
♠ Encouraging farmers to adopt environmentally friendly Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy by minimising random and unreasonable use of pesticides in paddy fields.
Amount of Project Area: 2,00,000 Hectare
BONDHU has been adopting the following strategies for the implementation of the two projects:
♣ Skill development- Manpower training of the project, farmer's training etc.
Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation (BONDHU) will implement two projects in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural Extension (DoE) and with different union parishads of Bangladesh.
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Bondhu Foundation (BONDHU) has Climate Friendly Agriculture projects all over the Bangladesh. BONDHU is Implementing Climate Friendly Agriculture projects in almost every district of Bangladesh.
Reach out us if you are committed to working for climate action and intend to bring a positive change in the environment of Bangladesh through mitigation and adaptation to climate change and want to fight environmental degradation together.