CROP DIVERSIFICATION AS A STRATEGY FOR ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY: A STUDY IN MYMENSINGHDISTRICT OF BANGLADESH. Shibli MMA, Kausar AKMG, Islam MS, Rahaman MS* and Parveen S

BANGLADESH JOURNAL OF PROGRESSIVE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: BJPST
BJPST: 14(2): 036-042 [July,2016]      ISSN: 2305-1809 (Online version)

ABSTRACT

The present study covers the possibilities of crop diversification to achieve balanced food security from as a case study from Mymensingh district. The study revealed that family size and farm size were more or less similar for diversified, semi-diversified and non-diversified farmer but diversified farmer’s education level was high and they were younger than others. Profitability from the mono crop cultivation and multiple crop cultivation had a significant variation. The gross margin was BDT 3456, 5830 and 9092 from the cultivation of 0.164ha (non-diversified), 0.162ha (semi-diversified) and 0.168ha (diversified), respectively. Based on calorie intake, 55 percent (non-diversified), 61 percent (semi- diversified) and 72 percent (diversified) farmers were food-secure and their calorie intakes were 2446 Kcal, 2863 Kcal and 3029 Kcal, respectively. On the other hand 45 percent (non-diversified), 39 percent (semi-diversified) and 28 percent (diversified) farmers were food-insecure and their calorie intakes were 1756 Kcal, 1859 Kcal and 2046 Kcal, respectively. It also found that household crop production and number of cultivated crop had a positive and significant impact in attaining food security of the households. The crop diversified farmers had significant role and the greater chances to achieve food-security than semi-diversified and non-diversified farmers.
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COASTAL SHEEP FARMING AT THE VILLAGES OF NOAKHALI DISTRICT IN BANGLADESH. Sumon MRA, Joya SH, Hossain MS , Hoque AKMF and Islam F*

BANGLADESH JOURNAL OF PROGRESSIVE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:   BJPST
BJPST: 14(2): 032-035 [July,2016]      ISSN: 2305-1809 (Online version)

ABSTRACT
A total of 86 coastal sheep keeping farmers were enumerated to know about the contribution of sheep farming through sheep sale return and acceptance pattern of sheep meat in the study region at the villages of Noakhali district in Bangladesh during April 2016 to May 2016.  Many farmers were found sheep meat tastier than goat meat and they (89.50%) reported that acceptance of sheep meat at their community was increasing day by day. The highest number of sheep was noted in farms group A (277.31±1.91) while the lowest found in group D (19.71±0.78) similarly; the highest return from sheep sale per farm was reported for farm group A (BDT 83461.54±1.91 year–¹farm–¹), while the lowest was documented for farm group D (BDT 15128.5±0.78 year–¹farm–¹). Over all price of sheep meat was BDT 550.00±0.51 kg–¹.
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