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COMBINED HARVESTER AT SHAILAN

harvester-resizedSOJAG procured a Combined Harvester from BRRI (Bangladesh Rice Research Institute) on loan for a month and had it deployed in harvesting IRRI crop recently in Shailan and other adjoining villages of Dhamrai.

This awesome machine can harvest one acre of paddy field in about an hour. The paddy is separated from the stalks and collected in a sack leaving the stalks in the ground to be collected and bundled easily. This operation does away a few processing steps and makes life so much easier for the farmer. This has generated enormous interest amongst the farmers. SOJAG is planning to obtain one such Combined Harvester to be used in the coming harvesting season.

SRILANKA VISIT BY SOJAG TEAM

group on the beachA 12-member team made up of SOJAG staff visited Sri Lanka for a week from May 2 to May 9. The team included staff from different levels – Area Managers, Branch Managers and Field Organizer. The host organization in Sri Lanka was SARVODAYA, a renowned Peoples Organization which has been working for the last 57 years. The team visited different programs being implemented in Kandy, Hasalaka and Bandaragama where the Sarvodaya Institute for Higher Learning is located. The team participated in a “Shramadana” Activity in a village in Hasalaka along with the local villagers.

VD-MainSOJAG brought out a colorful rally in celebration of the Victory Day. About 200 staff of SOJAG participated in the rally that started from Kalampur to the Jatiyo Smriti Shoudho and from there to Dhantara Branch. After a brief stopover for breakfast the rally proceeded on to Kawlipara Branch via Kushura High School and Bazar. The celebration was rounded off with a cultural show at Kawlipara.

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OGAKI-Group

A 5-member delegation from OGAKI UNESCO Association, Japan visited SOJAG from November 23-26. During their stay they visited Dhantara and Kawlipara Branches of SOJAG and its Head Office at Shailan. SOJAG and OAU have a long history of partnership. It has been providing technical assistance and cooperation in running and implementing the Pre-School Program. It should also be mentioned that OAU also provided assistance in the rehabilitation of the Savar Rana Plaza affected victims and families.

The members included Mr. Midori Kon, Ms. Nobuko Yamada, Ms. Kimiko Takayam, Mr. Keiichi Asano and Mr. Yasuhaki Nishiwaki.

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A Work-Plan session was organized on November 9 with the senior staff of SOJAG. Mr. Fazlul Kader, Deputy Managing Director, PKSF was also present. Mr. Kader also met and had discussions with farmer representatives on various issues related to agriculture and livestock programs. The participants put forward a number of suggestions for his consideration.

  1. The loan for cow-fattening should be for one year. Experiences have shown that raising livestock with the Qurbani Eid in view have not been that profitable. If the time span for the loan is extended farmers will have the choice of selling off their cattle whenever the market is favorable yielding more profit.
  2. Loans for Milking Cows should be for at least 3 years. Usually a cow produces adequate milk for about 3-4 years. Thus it would be possible for a farmer to pay loan instalments from the sale proceeds of milk and the calves, if required.
  3. In order to encourage farmers to take up mini livestock farming, loans for setting up such mini farms should be for 5 years which would provide the farmers enough leeway and freedom to pay back loans fully.

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Press Release / Notice

amar ngo dorshon

SOJAG has published the book “Amar NGO Dorshon” by Mr. Abdul Matin, Director, SOJAG. The book is written based on the experiences of Mr. Matin while working in various national and international NGOs home and abroad. The book is essentially a collection of articles on NGO related subjects.