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Jahangir Alam Jony
Sunday 04 October 15


Delduar Upazilla is committed to become the first 'Safe Food Upazilla' of Bangladesh. A discussion meeting to to declare  Delduar as a Safe Food Upazila was held in the Auditorium of Delduar Upazila Parishad on 15 September, 2015. The event was organized by UBINIG on behalf of Bangladesh Food Safety Network (BFSN) with the support from Food and Agriculture Organization–Food Safety Project (FAO-FSP). There were 98 participants including 24 women and 74 men attending the discussion meeting.

Muhammad Anower Hossain, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General), Tangail was the Chief Guest. SM Perdous Ahmed, Upazila Chairman, Delduar chaired the discussion meeting. Dr. John Ryder (Chief Technical Advisor, FAO-FSP), Farhad Mazha (Managing Director, UBINIG), Rabindra Chakina (Assistant Commissioner (Land) Deldua), Dr. Rokeya Khanam (National Advisor, FAO- FSP) and Farida Akhter (Executie Director, UBINIG) were present as special guests. In addition Jahangir Alam Jony ( Memebr, BFSN and Director, UBINIG); Shima Das Shimu (Member Central Management Committee, UBINIG); Rabiul Islam Chunnu( Coordinator, Tangail Center, UBINIG); and other staff memebrs of UBINIG and the Nayakrishi Farmers were present. Md. Abdullah-Al-Mamun, Upazila Education Officer moderated the discussion meeting.

The discussion meeting started with recitation from the holy Quran by Md. Emdadul Huque, the Principal, Lauhati Alim Madrasha; recitation from the holy Gita, by Dr. Shushanto Das, Upazila Livestock Officer. Introductory session proceeded with self introduction of the participants. The Nayakrishi Farmers presented welcome songs in chorus highlighting the need for safe food. The words of the song were:

Shono ore bhai ar bon (Listen, brothers and sisters )

Nirapod khaido khaia bachao a jibon (Eat safe food and Live Long)

Jahangir Alam Jony highlighted the role of BFSN in terms of Food Safety. He said, BFSN started its activity in 2010 through a national seminar, attended by representatives from 58 districts  and recommended implementation of activities ensuring food safety. Five non-government organizations including CAB, UBINIG, SHISUK, B Safe Foundation and Hunger Free World united to form a network of BFSN.

The BFSN have been working for creating awareness and education on food safety with the support from FAO – FSP project. One of the events of that project, Divisional Meeting for Food Safety was held at Tangail. In that meeting S.M. Ferdous, Upazila Chairman, Delduar proposed for declaring “Delduar as a Safe Food Upazila". Inspired by the Upazilla Chairman's declaration, commitment and leadership UBINIG and Delduar Upazila Parishod have been working for declaration of Delduar Upazila as a safe food upazila. The present meeting is the continuation of that declaration and this discussion meeting is important for achieving Delduar as safe food upazila.

Farida Akhter, Executive Director, UBINIG presented concept and perspectives of "Delduar as a Safe Food Upazila”. The prospect of declaring Delduar as a safe food upazila is bright. There are 166 villages in eight unions of Delduar Upazila. Based on proposal of SM Ferdous Ahmed, Upazila Chairman, Delduar, in the Divisional workshop, collaborative work of UBINIG and FAO-FSP was initiated to that end. Delduar may emerge as a role model for safe food upazila. Commonly it is mentioned that Bangladesh has recently achieved food security. Food sovereignty is more important. Food security simply refers to communities with access to food and does not stipulate what types of food is offered or whether or not the food is local or imported. It also does not require the involvement of the people. On the other hand food sovereignty is very specific. It is the right of the community to produce their own foo and their sovereigng pwnership, control and command over seeds and production method to ensure safe, healthy and nutritious food.  Food Sovereignty puts ownership of food system in the hands of the local people. It involves a dependable supply system owned by the people. She said we take food to live and live a healthy life. In the program for growing more rice for food security, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, arsenic contaminated ground water have been used. Consequently food has become contaminated with poison. What do we understand by safe food? From field to table the food is free from all sorts of undesirable elements and processes. Food is produced in environment friendly condition and served in clean environment. There are weekly markets in eight unions of Delduar upazila. Crops raised by the farmers are directly sold in these markets. The prepared and processed foods are also sold in these markets. Rice, pulse, and khichuri are sold here. Sweetmeat shops are there in the open space. Whether these foods are safe or not, need to be checked. Children take potato chips and biscuits packed in polythene bag. We are not sure about the quality of chatpati, fuska, sarbot, etc served in the streets. In the winter season chitai pitha, vapa pitha and many other rice cakes are sold in the street. Pineapple is commercially grown in Tangail. Hormones and other chemicals are sprayed in pineapple. These may not be safe for human health. Ripening chemicals are applied in tomato for quick marketing. Tannery waste is mixed with poultry feed. These are serious challenges for food safety. However, the Nayakrishi farmers produce food crops without chemical fertilizer and pesticides. Here there are 33,247 Nayakrishi households. Out of them 2628 farmers are able to supply their crops to market.

In the preparatory meeting during 6-7 September, 2015 the farmers proposed 13 recommendations:

  • Farmers representatives to be selected and oriented in each village.
  • Markets to be created for selling Nayakrishi products.
  • Vegetables must be procured directly from the farmers.
  • Nayakrishi farmers will be selected in each village of eight unions of Delduar Upazila.
  • Food Safety Committees will be formed.
  • Anti adulteration Law should be enacted.
  • Monitoring for food safety will be continued from the upazila administration round the year.
  • Food adulteration offence should be punished immediately.
  • The upazila administration shall cooperate for marketing of the crops raised by the farmers.
  • Market monitoring will be carried out so that no trader can adulterate food.
  • Control the buying and selling of questionable chemicals.
  • Publicity in favor of safe food will be carried out through the union council Chairmen.
  • Public awareness will be created in each village in favor of safe food.

Dr. John Ryder, Chief Technical Advisor, FAO -FSP, mentioned that the Food Safety Network (BFSN) had been working in Bangladesh for last two years. He said that he have been coming to Delduar upazila frequently. The first reason of his visit is that SM Ferdous Ahmed, Delduar Upazila Parishad Chairman has expressed his firm commitment for declaring “Delduar as a Safe Food Upazila.” He appreciates Upazila Chairman for his innovative idea. It is also pleasing to know that the legal instrument for food safety, Food Safety Act 2013 was also enacted. He hopes implementation of the Law will definitely help ensuing safe food for the people. This law is important for Bangladesh as well as for the global community. At present number of food items are being exported from Bangladesh. The effort of the Government for ensuring food safety is also praise worthy. This is because inappropriate food is responsible for many diseases. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is also making excellent contribution for health sector. Food system including the field, orchard, herd, water bodies to the dining table are set in a pattern for ensuring food safety. The Government makes the standards and looks after the implementation. The Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) work directly with the farmers. In fact, NGOs are the easiest approach to reach the farmers and other stakeholders. Consumer education in food safety is very important. They must be aware of the standards of food they produce, buy and eat. It is not possible to have safe food if the production base is not safe. In this context the Nayakrishi farmers deserve appreciation for their environment friendly base of production. He is happy to mention that the FAO-FSP will support Delduar upazila for ensuring safe food for its people. We shall also enjoy safe food in Dhaka produced in Delduar. He wishes all success for “Delduar as a Safe Food Upazila.”

Farhad Mazhar, Managing Director, UBINIG appreciated Delduar Upazila Parishad and Nayakrishi farmers for their excellent performance in respect of making safe food for the people. It is nice to know that the work of food safety is being continued in Delduar. Delduar is a resourceful place and it has tremendous potentials. He said we have been working with the farmers and the weavers for long time. Here the people are very innovative and smart. There have many success stories in Nayakrishi and weaving in Delduar. We all agree that the event we are initiating today will be remembered with respect in future Delduar will be referred as a model for “food safety”. This is great. The Nayakrishi farmers do not use any pesticide and depend on surface water. There are three steps in food safety: at the production level, at the distribution or marketting levl and in consumption level, in our dietary practices and culture The Nayakrishi farmers do not use any chemical fertilizer and pesticides. This is an advantage to Delduar Upazilla. The Nayakrishi farmers are guided by some ethical standards. We shall not do anything that poisons our lives.  Crop production might have increased yield of cereals, in exchange of protein rich crops, oil seeds and others but created condition for non-communicable diseases such as diabetics, cardiovascular diseaaes, arsenicosis, cancer and other ailments.  Risk of diabetes has increased. People are facing heart failure. Prevalence of cancer is increasing. Food is charged with arsenic, 70% cancer is caused due to inappropriate food intake. Rural people consumes 40% uncultivated vegetables, which are safe for health. We must work together to make safe food for all of us. The farmers of Delduar will offer safe food for all and at the same time they will improve their economic condition. We appreciate, FAO-FSP for being with us in our mission for ensuring safe food for the people.

Robindra Chakma, Assistant Commissioner (Land) Delduar as Special Guest, mentioned that we shall work together in our commitment for making “Delduar, a Safe Food Upazila.” We will  involve the Union Councils, traders, farmers and all other stakeholders on board in our mission for making safe food. The issues like food safety  will be addressed in educational institutions including Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, teachers, health and family planning departments. Food Safety must be initiated from the household level. Public awareness for food safety must be extended in all levels.

Dr. Rokeya Khanam, Food Safety Officer, FAO-FSP mentioned that Food Safety activities have been implemented in collaboration with relevant organizations since 2010. In Bangladesh five Non-government organizations are involved with the program. Awareness is being created at the consumers’ level. The food safety chain is quite big, from the farmers on the ground to the consumers at large. There is urgent need of advocacy for creating public perception of food safety. UBINIG has been working with the farmers at Delduar upazila. The base for food production must be cleanliness and safety to make safe food. Definitely Delduar will be a model for safe food. We hope in next three years we will be able to extend the model to other areas.

Anower Hosain, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) as chief guest, said that all the members of the society including the farmers, fishers, herders, traders, etc will be involved for production and distribution of safe food. We have been able to ensure three meals a day for most of our people. Now we are thinking for food safety. We must also leave behind a safe environment for our next generation.


15 September, 2015 Open Discussion


Open Discussion:

The representatives from Delduar Upazila Parishad, 8 Union Parishads of Delduar Upazila, Secondary School Teachers Samity, Primary Teachers Samity, Madrasha Teachers Samity, Upazila Education Office, Women Directorate, Upazila Agriculture Department, Fishery Department, Livestock Department, Social Welfare Department, Women Affairs Directorate, Food Control Directorate, Implementation Directorate, Upazila Engineering Division, Public Health Division, Upazila Law and Order Division, (Police Station), Youth Development Directorate, Family Planning Directorate, Health and Family Planning, Upazila Rural Development, Ansar and VDP, Upazila Poverty Reduction, Upazila Election office, Upazila Statistical Office, Delduar Press Club, Lawyers Samity, different political party leaders, Upazila Freedom Fighters Sangshad, NGO representatives, Delduar Merchants Association, Upazila Primary Education, Upazila Secondary Education participated in the open discussion and recommended the following action points in relation to declaration of Delduar Safe food upazila:

  • Discuss the food safety issue in the coordination meeting in Union Council
  • Discussion food safety issue in each ward in the union
  • Organize meeting under the coordination of the Agriculture Officer in the Union Council followed by discussion in the word for awareness raising
  • Organize publicity in the villages through the field level workers of the Department of Health and Family Planning
  • Hold discussion with those expecting mothers and those mothers who visit the Health and Family Planning centers for vaccination
  • There are 21, 879 Ansars under Ansar VDP-Force. Organize discussion through the Ansars.
  • Organize discussion with 200 Madrashah teachers.
  • The imams will discuss in the masque on Friday.
  • Offer lectures in the Primary Schools on health and safe food. In addition, organize discussion on Food Safety with the guardians on Mothers Day.
  • Hold discussion at consumers level in each school on food safety
  • Hold discussion at consumer’s level on production and marketing.
  • Organize mobile courts.
  • No animal feed will be accepted without test report.
  • Create public awareness against food adulteration by beating drums in hats and bazars .
  • Monthly meetings are held in the satellite clinics. Include safe food in that meeting.
  • Organic manure will be used for crop production.
  • Organize discussion among 30 thousand guardians through 15,000 students.
  • Organize mobile courts against those who adulterate food, apply steroid on cow.
  • Organize publicity in the media for public amareness.
  • Arrange publicity through local dish connection.
  • No use of pesticide in crop production.
  • Produce food through integrated management.
  • Arrange for complete implemental of Safe Food Upazila in three years.
  • Organize integrated movement for safe food.
  • Monitor the food marketed by the dishonest businessmen.
  • Organize protest rally in the villages through the farmers against food adulteration and contamination
  • Involve the chairmen of Union Councils through the coordination meeting of the Upazila.

The event was concluded by S. M. Ferdouse Ahmed, the chair person of the discussion meeting. He said it is pleasing to observe that all the respective government and non government departments are aware and taking the responsibilities for declaring Delduar as a safe food upazila. He appreciated the distinguished participants for their kind presence and contribution in the workshop.

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স্থানীয় জাতের বেগুন রক্ষা করুন

প্রতিবাদ ও দুনিয়ার সেরা বিজ্ঞানীদের সাবধান বাণী উপেক্ষা করে ক্ষতিকর বিটিবেগুন বা বিকৃত বেগুনের জাত বাংলাদেশে প্রবর্তন ও বাজারজাতের অপপ্রয়াস চলছে। বেগুন গাছে মাটীর ব্যাক্টেরিয়ার জিন ঢুকিয়ে পুরা বেগুন গাছকেই বিষাক্ত করা হয়। সেই গাছ ফল আর ডগা ছিদ্রকারী পোকা খেলে মরে যায়, কিন্তু বিষাক্ত বেগুন মানুষ খেলে ক্ষতি হয় না, এই হচ্ছে বৈজ্ঞানিক দাবি।

কী দরকার? কারন সারা দুনিয়ায় বেগুনের বিলিয়ন ডলার ব্যবসা। মার্কিন বহুজাতিক কম্পানি মনসান্টো ও ভারতীয় কোম্পানি মাহিকো তা তাদের একচেটিয়া নিয়ন্ত্রণে নিতে চায়। এর কারিগরি দিকের মালিকানাও তাদের।  বাংলাদেশের বেগুনের ওপর এই কারিগরি খাটীয়ে তার ওপর বুদ্ধিবৃত্তিক মালিকানা দাবি করছে তারা। অন্য দিনে বাংলাদেশের স্থানীয় বেগুন ধ্বংস করে শুধু কম্পানির বেগুন  আমাদের খাওয়াতে চায়। জীবন ও স্বাস্থ্যের ওপর যার সম্ভাব্য ঝুঁকি মারাত্মক হতে পারে।

বাংলাদেশের প্রাণবৈচিত্রের ওপর বহুজাতিক কম্পানির দখলদারির এই কৌশল প্রতিহত করতে হলে নিজেদের বেগুনের জাত চেনা ও রক্ষা করা জরুরী। এটা আমাদের সকলের সচেতনতা ছাড়া সম্ভব নয়। অতএব নিজেদের বেগুনের জাত সম্পর্কে জানুন, এবং নয়াকৃষি আন্দোলনের কৃষকদের সহায়তা করুন। এর বিরুদ্ধে লড়তে হলে নিজেদের জাত রক্ষা করার বিকল্প নাই।

প্রাণবৈচিত্রের উৎসভূমি (origin of diversity) হিসাবে বাংলাদেশ বেগুনের বৈচিত্র্যের দিক থেকে দুনিয়ার যে কোন দেশের চেয়ে সেরা। বেগুনের আন্তর্জাতিক বাজার বিশাল, কারণ সব্জির মধ্যে বেগুন সুস্বাদু এবং এর মধ্যে তেল (fat) নাই বললেই চলে। তার মানে বাংলাদেশের অর্থনৈতিক সমৃদ্ধি নিশ্চিত করবার জন্যও আমাদের দেশি জাতের বেগুন রক্ষা করতে হবে।

নয়াকৃষি আন্দোলন যে সব বেগুন নিয়মিত চাষ করে তার কিছু ছবি এখানে দেওয়া হোল।


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UBINIG Centre (BIDDAGHORS)

Nayakrishi centers in the districts of Tangail, Pabna, Cox’s Bazar, Kushtia.


 Introducing Dai Mas (Traditional Birth Attendants)

Introducing key leaders of the rural health movement in Bangladesh.

Dai Ma (Traditional Birth Attendants) plays a major role in rural health systems particularly in maternal & child health and in the use and conservation of medicinal plants. UBINIG is working with them for a long time to develop a link with their practice with agro-ecological approach to health, medicine and nutrition led by Nayakrishi farming communities who practice biodiversity based ecological agriculture. Dai Mas are now organised into a network engaged in innovative knowledge practices and institutional experiments. This will enable them to contribute more effectively to national health system. They have strong grass root connections and effective social network. They are self-motivated and monitor the health of mother and child on their own as a responsible member of the community. Sense of responsibility come from their being woman and the natural instinct to help other women in child birth and child rearing. A command on indigenous knowledge and profound understanding of reproductive and child health make them unique in their role in the community. UBINIG is working with theme to find innovative and effective ways to link them with national health system.


Daighors (দাইঘর)

Translating Dai Mas as 'Traditioal Birth Attendants' misses the profound cultural, social and knowledge based practices of women in rural areas of Bangladesh. First, Dai Ma’s symbolises a social relationship. Her responsibility does not star during childbirth, rather when a woman comes as a bride in her village or locality. She is the main source of reproductive knowledge for women in reproductive age. In most cases, the Dai Ma is connected to the families of her in laws by helping in the birth of her husband. Dais are always married and have children, this is her acceptability as 'Dai' (birth attendant) in the village. She is the living medical and health record of the women in the village and without her a community health care system is almost impossible on which the national health care system has to rely on.


Glimpses from Nayakrishi Villages

Biodiversity-based ecological agriculture is note merely 'ORGANIC', but a unique practice without pesticide, chemicals and ground water extraction to achieve the highest systemic yield from per acre of farm land. Households are small ecological production units constituting a complex design encompassing the whole village. You can purchase the farmer's produce from Shashyshaprabartana.


Samples of  UBINIG Posters

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Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts

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