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Caritas Agro Firm

Caritas Bangladesh inaugurated its first ever Agro Farm on 21 August 2014 at Birol upazila under Caritas Dinajpur Region where Most. Rev. Theotonius Gomes, CSC, President, Caritas Bangladesh was the Chief Guest. Most Rev. Sebastian Tudu, Bishop of Dinajpur chaired the event and Dr. Benedict Alo D’Rozario, Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh was present as Special Guest. 
Caritas Agro Farm started in 2004 for its own use. The objectives of the farm are: to promote sustainable agriculture among the young and poor farmers; to supply quality seeds among farmers in the remote areas; to create employment of the poor and women farmers; and to provide agricultural information and technologies to the farmers. The farm consists of three centers in three upazila of Birol, Bochaganj and Birampur. So far, the farm has distributed 60,000 kg of potato seeds, 4,200 kg of wheat seeds, 3,290 kg of mustard seeds and 716 kg
of vegetable seeds to the poor farmers. A total of 72,000 kg of rice seeds will be produced in the amon season. In addition to this, a total of 29 cows and 12 goats are now being reared in this farm. The farm also produced 2,830 kg of fish and 20,000 fingerlings in two fish cultivation centers. The farm has obtained license from the Ministry of Agriculture under Bangladesh Government on 8 December 2013 for producing quality seeds and seed business. 
Most Rev. blessed and inaugurated the Agro Farm and has said that this initiative is a milestone because this farm will ensure food security, supply of quality seeds and ensure fair price of agricultural products among poor
farmers in the remote area. He urged to preserve farmer’s traditional knowledge, best practices and disseminate those to the different area.

Most Rev. Sebastian Tudu has said that human beings need not only adequate but also safe food. He added that Caritas Agro Farm will help the farmers to conduct on farm adaptive research.

Dr. Benedict Alo D’Rozario has said Bangladesh is developing fast for three reasons: agricultural production by rural farmers, foreign remittent by labors and ready made garments produced by women workers. He has further said that agriculture production ensure the use of our local knowledge and natural resource. Therefore, it is more important for our self-reliance. Around one hundred fifty people including Fr. Albinus Toppo, Mr. Jogen Julian Besra, Regional Director and Caritas Regional Office staff members and farmers from different upazila attended the program.

 

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