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Monday 22 June 15

A brinjal fair was organized by UBINIG on behalf of Bangladesh Food Safety Network (BFSN) under the aegis of Food and Agriculture Organization's  Food Safety Project (FAO-FSP). The brinjal fair was held at Prabartana, 6/8 Sir Syed Road, Moahammadpur, Dhaka on 15 June 2015. The fair was started at 10 am and continued up to 8 pm. About 500 visitors attended the fair in the morning and attended the discussions session. More than thousand visistors visited the fair and was surprised to see so many varieties of brinjals in Bangladesh.This was the first such fair to educate the consumers that safe brinjals are avavilable and by supporting farmers who produce food without hazardous chemicals and pesticide they can ensure a steady supply of this wonderful vegetable they love.

Brinjal is a popular vegetable in Bangladesh. It is cultivated all over the country round the year. However, brinjal yields better in the winter season. Bangladesh is the center of origin of brinjal. Varieties of brinjal are cultivated in different types of land. Nearly  248 varieties are officially acknowledged, although diversity is higher than officially known. Varieties of  brinjals are appreciated for  size, shape, color and taste and some are famous for their culinery delicacy. Brinjal is a member of Solanaceae family. Close relatives of brinjal include potato, tomato, chili and tobacco.

local Brinjal

Bangladesh is the origin of diversity of brinjals. Some of the famous varieties are shown here from the Brinjal Festival.

Nevertheless, there are two major concerns. The first is developing a marketing chain that could ensure a supply chain to consumers. There is an abundance in local varietis, but because of inefficient marketing farmers can not fetch the economic benefit from brinjal. Second issue is safety. Some farmers use very high amount of pesticides, an issue for the consumers.  

These are examples of challenges the Bangladesh Food Safety Network (BFSN) faces while working for ensuring safe food for the people with the support from Food and Agriculture Organization's  Food Safety Project. With a view to ensuring safe food, UBINIG on behalf of BFSN has been collaborating with the Delduar upazila of Tangail. In the Dhaka Divisional Workshop of BFSN, the Delduar upazila Chairman S. M. Ferdouse proposed for declaration of Delduar upazila as a model for safe food. This was also a recognition of the activities of Nayakrishi farmers, who are practicing biodiversity-based ecological agriculture in different Upazillas of Tangail, including Delduar. They also declared support and collaboration with Delduar Upazilla Parishod. UBINIG is active in agriculture, health and other community activities in the area. The organisation's role in safe food production and distribution through Shashyaprabartana will add powerful lead and momentum to realize the promise of Upazilla Chairman S.M.Ferdous.

Nayakrishi have been producing diversified crops without using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Demonstrating a successful Upazilla model for the production of safe food and linking them with conscious urban consumers through Shashyaprabartana is strategically important and significant. Success will definitely be a mighty step forward for  BFSN's mission, impacting on consumer's awareness and national policy. Consequently this will strengthen FAOs role in ensuring safe food in Bangladesh.

The farmers in Delduar upazila have been growing varieties of crops including rice, wheat, minor cereals, pulse, oil seeds, spices, and vegetables. Brinjal is one of the most common vegetables. The farmers of Delduar upazila have been growing 27 varieties of local brinjal. The major ones included Jasori begun, Tabla kalo begun, Nil begun, Singnath begun, Shaila begun, Dohajari begun, Besuri lamba begun, Chikon lamba begun, Chega begun, Harsita begun, Islampuri begun, Islampuri saira begun, Islampuri sada begun, Kata begun, Nittapeshi begun, Uttara begun, Dim begun etc. (See more here).

A discussion session on brinjal was held. Dr. John Rider, Chief Technical Advisor, FAO-FSP, Dr. Rokeya Khanam, National Advisor, FAO-FSP; SM Ferdouse, Upazila Chairman, Delduar; Hasan Ahmmed Chowdhury, National Advisor, FAO, Food safety management system, Mohidul Hoque Khan, Member steering committee; BFSN, Zahid Hosan, BAPA; Farhad Mazhar, Managing Director, UBINIG; Farida Akhter, Executive Director, UBINIG; Dr. M. A. Sobhan, Consultant, UBINIG participated in the discussion session.

The speakers highlighted the importance of safe and nutritious food. The art and science of producing, processing, distributing and marketing of safe food was discussed. Brinjal was mentioned as a wonderful vegetable for rich source of vitamins and minerals. The safe method of production was prioritized for availing the nutrient value of brinjal.

Akkas Ali, Nobokumar, Amir and others from Nayakrishi and Nabapran Andolon rendred songs highlighting the importance of safe food. Akkas Ali presented his famous song on brinjal. Nabakumar sang on the struggle of farmer for safe food. Most of the songs are composed by the Nayakrishi farmers on their practice and experience of biodiversity based ecological agriculture.

Akkas Ali

The event started with song and continued up to 8 pm in the evening . The visitors included men, women, students, journalists, teachers, consumers and children. The visitors came in a festive mood to see the demonstration of varieties of brinjal and listen to the songs mainly on brinjal. Varieties of recipes of brinjals were also prepared and put on display.

S. M. Ferdouse, Upazila Chairman, Delduar said, that he has been working with the farmers for safe production of vegetables, lemon and banana. The farmers have been growing these items with large quantities for own consumption as well as marketing in local market and outside. He also expressed the potential of these items for export outside the country. The importance of safe food was also discussed in the regular monthly meeting of the upazila administration. Public awareness was created in the union and village levels in favor of production and use of safe food. Finally he wished the initiative of safe food as implemented in a joint effort of UBINIG, FAO-FSP and Delduar upazila parishod will be successful and established as a model for extension in other regions of Bangladesh.

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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