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.