ICCO, Saline Farming and Lal Teer Seed Limited are setting up a training center for saline agriculture in Bangladesh. With the signing of a joint MoU this month, the first step has been taken.
Salinization, the accumulation of salt in the soil, is a growing global problem. Also in coastal Bangladesh, where more and more land is unsuitable for agriculture due to salinization. Dutch research company Saline Farming is doing research on salt-tolerant ('saline') crops that do grow on saline soil.
Research and testing
The joint training center will be used for research and testing of salt tolerance, developing techniques for saline agriculture and for demonstrations. By combining knowledge on crop, soil and water management, it is possible to improve yields.
Collaborating with Lal Teer contributes to this, explains Dr Arjen de Vos of Saline Farming: "Lal Teer Seed Ltd., the largest seed company in the private sector in Bangladesh, is well aware of the problems faced by farmers on the coast of Bangladesh. The company is engaged in the development, production, processing and marketing of high-yielding seeds of good quality, to develop a sustainable basis for agriculture and food security in Bangladesh and the rest of the world.”
Saline agricultural techniques
The training center makes knowledge about saline agricultural techniques, tailored to local geographical conditions, available to everyone. This will increase food security in salinized areas and improve the income of local farmers. The research results will also be used for ICCO's project 'The Salt Solution', in which 5,000 farmers in Bangladesh are trained in saline agriculture with the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery.