Saturday, 18 September, 2021
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A shining example of DSCC workers!

A shining example of DSCC workers!

A vegetable farm developed on a waste dumpsite close to the capital has boosted both the food security as well as the daily earnings of some vulnerable, but industrious workers which can be a model for others too. Our heart-felt thanks to 25 drivers and cleaners of the DSCC for turning 13 waste dumping platforms at Matuail into vegetable gardens where they grow spinach, radish, mustard, jute mallow onions, amaranth and some other plants. They stated that earlier they had little experience in vegetable cultivation, but they became interested when they found that some plants grew naturally in the landfill as the organic waste turned into compost. 

In the process, they are now making extra money by selling the produce to the traders which they supply to nearby markets like Jatribari, Sonir Akhra, Rayerbag, Matuail and so on. Apart from this, they are providing lots of day-labourers with an opportunity to earn a living. At the same time, they have improved the environment in the area much to the health benefit of local residents. But, little did they know that the gardens would improve the surrounding atmosphere. Since their involvement in the gardens, people praise them for their commendable job which also earned greater respect from them. Their farm has undoubtedly helped improve the nutrition status of consumers. Alongside, it has set an example of achieving self-sufficiency by becoming a bit more industrious.  

The brains behind the gardens deserve recognition and appreciation from the DSCC authorities for transforming the dumpsite into a garden with the aim of growing fresh produce. This would inspire others to emulate the DSCC workers' shining example of achieving economic emancipation during a critical period when poverty and unemployment rates soared sharply amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, the authorities of all other city corporations countrywide should rethink of giving lease of their unused fallow lands to vulnerable workers for pursuing vegetable farming. This will go a long way in achieving the much-needed food security and enhancing the nutritional status of the country.