General

1,230 ethnic minority families attain food security in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI By dint of their relentless and sincere

efforts, more than 1,230 underprivileged ethnic minority families of 30

villages under Godagari upazila in the district have attained food security

and self-reliance.

'The Aboriginals Village-based Sustainable Food Security Program' has been

playing a positive role in making them free from poverty and hunger through

building food storage (Raksha-gola).

With this breakthrough the underprivileged and disadvantaged community

people have built food security to mitigate their long-lasting sufferings

during the lean period.

This was revealed at a daylong annual general meeting of all the benefited

community members both males and females on Rajabarihat High school

playground under the same upazila today.

Center for Capacity Building of Voluntary Organization (CCBVO) has

initiated the programme in 2003 through disseminating updated ideas and

extending some financial and technical support under the village-based

community development approach.

Omor Faruque Chowdhury, MP, addressed the meeting as chief guest while

CCBVO Executive Chief Sarwar-E-Kamal welcomed the participants with Proshen

Ekka in the chair.

Former Registrar of Rajshahi University Prof Abdus Salam, Upazila Chairman

Jahangir Alam and its Nirbahi Officer Nazmul Islam Sarker and Union Parishad

Chairman Mohammad Akteruzzaman also spoke.

Some 6,236 community people including 1,792 women and 2,663 boys and girls

from the organized families attended the ceremony hosted with financial

assistance from Bread for the World, Germany .

The meeting was told that the community members have so far saved 3.17 lakh

tons of rice and 96.96 tons of paddy in addition to capital formation of

around Taka 60.46 lakh.

The villages are: Choitanyapur, Shahanapara, Kantapasha- Edulpur, Nimkuri,

Patharghata, Beldanga, Golai, Geolmari, Gardaing, Mulkidiang, Daingpara,

Neemghutu, Shreerampur, Biroil, Baganpara, Gonoker Daing, Farshapara, Dadour,

Gunigram-Rajpara, Idulpur, Narshinghagarh- Adarshagram, Agalpur, Madhaipur

and Udpur.

Besides, they disbursed 9.74 tonnes of rice and cash Taka 15.76 lakh for

health, education and other family purposes to the needy members as risk

reduction assistance during the current year.

Apart from this, the beneficiaries are engaged in various income-generating

activities like homestead gardening and dairy and poultry rearing, through

which, they also meet up daily nutritional requirement along with building

their capacity.

Lawmaker Faruque Chowdhury assured the organized people that tube-wells

will be installed in the villages besides concretization of all the katcha

roads and re-excavation of the existing ponds within the next six months.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)