New saline training centre in Bangladesh
ICCO trains 5,000 farmers in the coastal areas of Bangladesh to start growing salt tolerant crops. These are natural varieties of crops that do grow on saline soil. Thanks to a contribution from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, farmers can now make their salt-affected land productive again. This will improve their food security as well as their income.
Efforts to solve soil salinization, have been mainly aimed at reducing salt concentrations in the soil. But the means used for that are expensive and their effects are short-lived. Also they damage the soil and the crops .This innovative project turns this growing problem into a sustainable solution. Instead of fighting the salt in the soil, we want salt-affected soil to become productive again. That is possible by introducing varieties of well-known crops that do grow on salt affected land.
ICCO trains 5,000 farmers in the coastal areas of Bangladesh, teaching them how to grow salt tolerant crops. These are natural varieties of crops that do grow on saline soil. This improves their food security as well as their income.
“The Salt Solution project shows that technological innovation can give an enormous boost to development. Literally a tasty combination”.
“The success of growing vegetables on my saline affected land has been possible through using technical knowledge about salinity and applying water and fertilizer at the right time. People gather here everyday to see my demo plot”.
“Salt affected areas can play a major role in global food security. That is the vision that I’m working on and also putting into practice”
“We teach 5,000 farmers how to make their saline affected land productive again. This can give them 2 to 3 extra harvests per year. In this way innovation from the Netherlands is a practical solution that contributes to the food security of Bangladesh”.
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