Donor organization Visit to see Project Activities

Helvetas Donor VisitOn 2 November 2017, a team consisting of Ms. Louise Wilhelmina Maria Luttikholt, Director; Ms. Julia Thienhaus, Programme Support Officer; Md. Babul Azad, Project Manager; Md. Mizanur Rahman, Senior Monitoring Officer of HELVETAS Interco operation Germany (gGmbH) and Ms. Audrey Maillot, Governance Team Leader, Delegation of European Union in Bangladesh attended first at courtesy meeting with SUS management at DREAM center of SUS, Netrakona and then visited CSO and LA project’s contribution of SUS at field level such as: observed a training at Aktapara Majarbari village of Lokkhigonj union and observed Tax and Service Fair organized by Kailati UP and finally met and discussed with Deputy Commissioner (DC), Netrakona regarding the issue. Md. Khalid Hossain, ADC (General) and Acting DD, LG, Netrakona; Ms. Sabiha Sultana, UNO, Netrakona sadar; Begum Rokeya, Executive Director along with other staffs of SUS accompanied with them during the visit.

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Sanitary Latrine Distribution

On the occasion of International Hand Washing Day and National Sanitation Month 2017 Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) has distributed 50 sanitary latrines and berry plants among the group members of PWaSH project in Amtola union of Netrakona sadar upazila of Netrakona district, supported by Human Appeal.UK. It is mention that SUS will distribute 160 sanitary latrines in this area for this month. On this occasion Subrata Sarker, Deputy Engineer of Public Health Department Netrakona has attended along with Begum Rokeya the Executive Director, Kazi Sohul Ahmed Dilu, Program Director, Golam Mostafa Rezu HR head of SUS and other officials have attended the program. On the other hand, a rally has been performed by the initiative of District Administration. Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) attended the rally.

Child Labor of Netrakona

Assistive device distributed

Assistive Device has been distributed among the person with disability of SUS working area by Disability Rehabilitation project of Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS). Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mrs. Saleha Parvin of Netrakona sadar upazila was present and distributed assistive device among the person with disability. During this time acting Executive Director Kazi Sohul Ahmed dilu, Altafur Rahman Selim (Director PSU), Golam Mostafa Rezu (HR Head), Murshed Iqbal Rimu (APD) and other officials was present.

Adverse Situation: Helpless HAOR People

The people of HAOR area of Netrakona district have been affected badly by the upstream water and restless and early raining during last 25 days. The water of the rivers Surma, Dhanu, Kangsha, Sumeswari, Gumai and Mogra is still increasing. During the period, all the cropping areas have been inundated as a result of damaging embankments and upsurge water of rivers, canals and bills.

It has been known from Directorate of Agriculture Extension (DAE), District Livestock Services (DLS) and District Fisheries Department, Netrakona that ‘Boro’ paddy of nearly 69710 hectare lands among 1,84,320 hectares of all the 10 upazilas of Netrakona district have been inundated due to early/flash flooding and 69 unions have been affected, out of 86 unions of the district. Increase of Ammonia gas and decrease of oxygen, 1180 Metric Ton (MT) fishes of Modon, Mohongonj and Khaliajuri upazila have been died during the period. Nearly 16,528 fishermen have become workless. At the same time, 4,13,234 livestock have been in risk among 8,00,000.

According to the information of Directorate of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Netrakona; about 1,67,180 farmer families of 10 upazilas have been badly affected. About 3,97,347 Metric Tons (MT) of paddy has been fully damaged and the market price of paddy is more than taka 1000 crores. No one of the affected areas has enabled to harvest the paddy. Because, it was the period of ‘Flowering’ and ‘Milking’ stage of paddy i.e. further 20-30 days were needed to harvest the paddy.

It has been known physically that the farmers of HAOR area are depended on ‘Boro’ crop and fisheries only. Usually, they cultivate the lands by taking loans from bank, NGOs as well as rich people. They repay back the loans after selling their crops. But farmers have lost their ability to repay back of their loans due to damages of crops. 4083 group members of Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) have also been affected along with SUS operated 1110 Non-Formal Primary Education (NFPE) and Pre-primary students. Each of the family is passing their days with great hardship. As a result of severe damages, the haor people are facing serious food crisis. They have already fallen into severe economical crisis. Besides, there will be shortage of cattle feeds. They did not collect the cattle feeds due to damages of their paddy. During the period, different high government officials have visited the affected areas.

It has been known from District Administration is communicating with different ministries regularly. Till 29 April 2017; the district government authority has received and distributed taka 25 lac in cash and 500 Metric Tons (MT) rice only among the affected people. During the period, 30 kg rice and taka 500 in cash per month for 100 days have been allotted for 50,000 affected people which is not enough in comparison with the damages of people. Still 1,17,180 people remain out of service. Migration as well as drop out of students have been increased and no scope of work in the affected areas. So, we expect that government and non-government institutions along with people of all walks of life will extend their hands of cooperation and collective efforts more to face the disaster and save the affected people of HAOR areas.

Source: Reports published in different newspapers, Directorate of Agriculture Extension (DAE), District Livestock Services (DLS), District Fisheries Department and District Administration, Netrakona.

Farmers of HAOR area have been badly affected through upstream water and heavy shower

The farmers of HAOR area of Netrakona district have been affected badly from the upstream water and continuous raining during last couple of days. The water of the rivers Surma, Dhanu, Kangsha, Sumeswari and Mogra are increasing very quickly. Every day, new cropping areas are inundating as a result of damaging embankments and upsurge water of rivers, canals and bills. The farmers of those areas are struggling hard to save the embankments through earth-cutting as voluntary manner.

It has been known from Directorate of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Netrakona that due to early flooding, ‘Boro’ paddy of nearly 15000 hectare lands of Mohongonj, Khaliajuri, Durgapur, Kalmakanda, Atpara, Modon, Barhatta and Purbadhola upazilas of Netrakona district has been inundated and as a result, about 40,000 farmer families have been badly affected. About 95 Metric Tons (MT) paddy has been totally damaged (According to government sources) but according to different non-government sources, the intensity of damages is higher than the aforesaid quantity.

It has been known from Directorate of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and District Administration, Netrakona sources that three crop saving embankments have been broken upto 4 April 2017. The embankments across the rivers are such as: Char Haijdia of Mohongonj upazila, Keertonkhola of Khaliajuri upazila and Gumai rivers. About 70%-80% crops of ‘Dingaputa Haor’ of Mohongonj upazila, ‘Pangasia’, ‘Keertonkhola’and ‘Roail’ Haor of Khaliajuri upazila and ‘Singrapuri, Singuria bills/Haor of Barhatta upazila have been inundated due to damages of the embankments. The field level agriculture officers have informed that it is the period of ‘Flowering’ and ‘Milking’ stage of paddy crop. So, it needs 20-30 days more to ripen the paddy.

Generally, the farmers of HAOR area are depended on ‘Boro’ crop only. Usually, they cultivate the lands by taking loans from bank and rich people. They repay back the loans after selling their crops. But farmers have been ruined due to damages of crops by early flooding. Each of the family is passing their days with great hardship. As a result of severe damages, the HAOR people will face the food crisis especially; children and women will suffer much. They will fall into serious economical crisis also. Besides, there will be shortage of cattle feeds. So, we expect that government and non-government institutions along with people of all walks of life will extend their hands of cooperation and collective efforts to face the disaster and save the affected people of HAOR areas.

Source: Reports published in different newspapers, Directorate of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and District Administration, Netrakona.

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