Secretary RDCD visited M4C project in Rangpur & Kurigram

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Secretary-Rural Development and Cooperative Division (RDCD) of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives ministry Md. Moshiur Rahman, NDC visited development activities of “Making Markets Work for The Chars (M4C)” on 7th and 8th April 2022 in Rangpur and Kurigram district respectively. During the visit he visited different M4C interventions and farmers such as Maize farmer, Bull Farmer, Goat Rearer and Poultry Farmer at Purbo Ichli, Lokkhi Tera Union, Gangachara, Rangpur. Also, he went to char Bajra Diyar Khata, Nayar Haat union, Chilmari, Kurigram on 8th April 2022 where he visited M4C LSP and Cucumber Demo Farmer.

In the course of the visit Secretary-RDCD, interacted with the char elites, demo farmers, relevant private input company representatives and project teams to understand the project activities and impact more clearly. Representatives of Petrochem and A R Malik Seeds explained him the impact of using quality seeds in their respective demo spot. “Dwellers of chars are not only dealing with the char reality but also gaining the capacity to adapt with it. Char land has given new potential for agricultural prosperity” he said.

Director General-Rural Development Academy (RDA) and Additional Secretary, Khalil Ahmed and Country Director, Swisscontact Bangladesh, Mujibul Hasan accompanied him to see the progress of M4C project activities. “The aim of the project is to develop the char agricultural value chain through technological adaptation and market linkage so that the farmers get good production and fair price”- Khalil Ahmed said as his remark during the visit. “We try to work as a catalyst to address the market gaps based on farmers need.” said Mujibul Hasan. During the visit Project Director-M4C and Joint Director-RDA, Dr. Md. Abdul Majid Pramanik and Team Leader-M4C, Md. Abdul Awal briefed about relevant M4C project activities to the Secretary-RDCD. Also representative from local government, RDA, Swisscontact Bangladesh were present during the visit.

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Making Markets Work for the Jamuna, Padma and Teesta Chars (M4C)
To reduce vulnerability and increase wellbeing of vulnerable and marginalised char dwellers living in the northern char region of Bangladesh. Chars are riverine land, susceptible to erosion and soil deposition, which remain disconnected from mainland either seasonally or throughout the year. Due to this unique geographical positioning,...