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JICA to support disaster-resistant agriculture in Haor areas

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide technical support to promote disaster-resistant agriculture in the Haor areas to help the farmers adapt to the impact of climate change.

A meeting was held between JICA and partner organizations in this regard at the regional station of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Habiganj on Sunday.

Under the JICA partnership programme, BRRI regional station, Share the Planet Association (SPA) and Ased Habiganj will implement a project jointly to support the practice and dissemination of disaster-resistant climate change-adaptive agriculture in the Haor areas.

JICA Bangladesh office senior representative Takeshi Saheki, BARRI regional station head Dr Mozammel Haque, Spa chairperson Tetsuo Tsutsui and Ased Habiganj chief executive Jafar Iqbal Chowdhury signed the minutes of the meeting for partnership.

The project will cover the wetlands of Laskarpur and Pukura unions of Sadar and Baniyachong upazilas respectively to minimize the risk of natural disaster for farmers.

As part of the initiative, new rice varieties such as short-duration and cold-tolerant varieties and vegetable seeds will be introduced for the Haor areas.

“The haor area of Bangladesh is located in low-lying floodplains of the country where local farmers reside in a highly vulnerable situation due to natural disaster such as flash flood and it is also a very important area to produce a large amount of Boro rice in the dry season to ensure food security of the country,” read the Jica handout.

As part of developing new variants of corps, Jica will closely work together with the Department of Agricultural Extension, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute.

The Japanese agency is also implementing another project on Haor flood management and livelihood improvement in partnership with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and Bangladesh Water Development Board to reduce the damages from flood, improve access to basic infrastructure and increase agriculture and fishery productivity.

The second phase of the small scale water resources development project of LGED also gets supports from JICA to reduce poverty and improve food security by making agricultural and fisheries products plentiful and enhancing the marketing of these products through the provision of rural infrastructures.

The project provides water resources management facilities, rural roads, rural markets, multi-function facilities and capacity building training to the Water Management Cooperative Association (WMCA) in Brahmanbaria, Habiganj, Kishoreganj, Netrakona and Sunamganj districts of the Haor area.

The projects will contribute to national achievements towards the first target (no poverty), second target (zero hunger) and twelfth target (climate action) of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).