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Sunday 24 May 15

Bangladeshi farmers unite March Against Monsanto in Dhaka for saving seed resourcesProtest meeting and Rally against Monsanto at Dhaka:

UBINIG ( Policy Research for Development Alternative) and Nayakrishi Andolon (New Agricultural Movement) joined with Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA), Paribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA) and other organizations to organized a protest meeting against the Monsanto followed by a rally in front of the faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka at 10:30 am on 23 May 2015. Students, teachers, researchers, journalists, social activists, writers, artists, farmers and members of other professions participated in the protest meeting and rally. Abu Naser Khan, Chairman Paribesh Bachao Andolon chaired the protest meeting. Dr. Abdul Matin, General Secritary, BAPA; Farida Akhter, Executive Director, UBINIG; Mahidul Huq Khan , Ex-General Secretary , BAPA; Shubash Homevorm, Jatyo Adibashi Parishad and others addressed the meeting. Akkas Ali a Nayakrishi farmer presented a self comorsed song on the theme of the protest meeting. Nayakrishi Andolon organized similar protest meeting and rallies in Tangail and Ishwardi on the same day. Farmer leaders spoke on the occasion and explained to the people the danger Monsato pose for environment and health around the globe.

The protest rally was parallel to the third annual March Against Monsanto – begun by the Occupy movement and was held in around 400 cities in more than 40 countries. It was a march of tens of thousands of people in cities across the world on Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides. The event in Bangladesh has particularly highlighted the recent introduction of Btbrinjal, the genetically modified eggplant with the propreitory Monsanto technology.

In Bangladesh speakers accused Monsanto for destroying the seeds of indigenous varieties of crops, genetic resources and environment. They urged upon the concerned authorities and the people to resist Monsanto’s aggression.

Stop seed piracy, stop biopollution , protect our health

Monsanto’s Round Up Ready has recently classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organisation. Bangladeshi farmers and consumers are affected by cancer due to the use of this deadly poisonous herbicide, the speakers explained.

Monsanto has directly extended its vicious business trap in Bangladesh. It has patented nine varieties of our most important vegetables , brinjal/ egg plant. These varieties included uttara, kajla, nayontara, shingnath, ishwardi-6, islampuri and dohazari. The cultivation of Bt brinjal failed badly at farmers level and the farmers incurred heavy loss. Inspite of such loss of farmers, Monsanto with support of Corenell University and US Aid is still trying to prove their success by providing false data and deceive the farmers.

Nayakrishi farmers reaffirmed their commitment that they will not tolerate any upper hand in their indigenous seed resources. Bt brinjal has been created through genetic engineering disregarding the precautionary steps that must be taken before approving GMOs.

This is a direct threat to land races of brinjal. The Bt brinjal is a threat to human health and environment. Inspite of all these adverse impacts, Monsanto has been trying to push forward Bt brinjal through the Cornel University, The Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute and control the market. It was mentioned at the time of releasing Bt brinjal that it must be labeled before marketing but that was not been complied with . This is because Monsanto knows that Bt brinjal is hurmful.

Hundreds of local varieties of brinjal have been grown in different districts of Bangladesh. We don’t need any Bt brinjal. Monsanto is giving the justification for food security for cultivation of Bt brinjal in Bangladesh The evil motive is to occupy the seed market in Bangladesh and elsewhere.

Monsanto is also trying to occupy the seed market of cotton, tomato, potato, rice, etc. through genetic modification.

Roundup Ready is a herbicide developed by Monsanto. This herbicide kills all plants in the field except the target crop. It kills green grass, uncultivated vegetables, medicinal herbs and all other plants.

Roundup Ready is listed among the deadly poisonous chemicals responsible for causing human cancer (WHO) .

Knowing full well about such adverse impacts, the use of Roundup Ready has been increased 16 times since1990 to date. Roundup Ready has been used in tea plantation in Bangladesh for long time, whereas this information was not made known to the people.

Nayakrishi farmers categorically said they we do not need any GM crops. GM crops can not ensure food security, it will add to business gains and benefit of Monsanto. Our primary duty is to maintain the seed resources of rice, vegetables, oil seed, pulses, and other plants. We shall maintain our seed resources in our own hand.

Against Monsanto at Ishwardi, Pabna

Nayakrishi farmers organized a protest meeting and rally at Dashuria Square Pabna- Ishwardi Highway on 23 May 2015. Jaynal Abedin Khan, Coordinator , U BINIG,Pabna chaired the meeting . Shukchand Ali,Rejaul Karim, Anowara Begum, Aleya Begum, LailyKhatun and Rasheda Begum addressed the meeting . They mentioned thal Genetically Modified crops can not ensure our food sovereignty. These will only add profits to Monsanto and destroy our biodiversity. They expressed commitment to resist the aggression of Monsanto for saving biodiversity and environment.

Against Monsanto at Tangail

Nayakrishi farmers organized meeting and a rally against Monsanto at Silimpur bazaar, Delduar upazila, Tangail on 23 may 2015.

Rabiul Islam Chunnu, coordinator, UBINIG, Tangail Chaird the meeting. Naba Kumar,Jjinnat Ali, Nasima Begum, Rahima Khatun, Nuruzzaman and others addressed the meeting. The Speakers mentioned that Monsanto , a multi National company has been destrying biological diversity by releasing Genetically Modified Organisms and pushing herbicides like Roundup Ready, hazardous for environment .

The farmers demanded withdrawal of the invasive genotypes, poisons and the phasing out of the prime source company Monsanto.


Rally calls for saving agriculture from Monsanto’s aggression in New Age 24 May 2015

Green activists: Stop use of Bt Brinjal, Roundup in Dhaka Tribune 24 May 2015

March against GM crops in Dhaka Saturday in


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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।

Protest Against Btbrinjal Continues


Pictures of rallies and protests against Btbrinjal. Farmers, scientists, environmentalists, ecologists, lawyers, teachers and consumers have been protesting agaginst Btbrinjal since
Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) was trying to get approval from the government for cultivation and commercial release based on inadequate, incomplete and unethical research practice. GMO promoters Undermined strict adherece of  'preacuationeruy principle' during field trial necessery to protect environment and all life forms including human beings from potential environmental and health effects of the genetically modified crops.


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

Posters express concerns and ideas. They are interesting materilas to read and listen as well participate in the issues one is committed. UBINIG regularly prints and shares posters as a way  to build up networks and communications.  Web through some examples posted here.


UBINIG publications. To order please contact UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative) 88 0178 001 1194 or`

Narigrantha Prabartana

6/8 Sir Syed Road, Mohammedpur, Dhaka -1207.

Phone:  880-2-9140812 . email:

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Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts

Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts