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 A week long government sponsored “Livestock Service Week” was organized throughout Bangladesh. The Ministry and the relevant Directorate as well as NGOs participated in observing the week.

SOJAG and ACME Pharmaceuticals jointly organized a day-long gathering of the local Cattle and Poultry farm owners as a part of the week-long celebration. Around 1200 local farm owners attended. The day was marked by holding a rally followed by a discussion session in which speakers from the Government and private sectors exchanged views and opinions with the farm owners and what needs to be done to improve services benefitting the farm owners.


Agriculture being the foundation of Bangladesh economy and coupled with the fact that 85% of SOJAG’s target population is dependent on agriculture, SOJAG in 1999 launched Agriculture program with assistance from DANIDA. The main objectives of the program were to disseminate correct and appropriate information on crop technology, increase efficiency and effective utilization and use of agricultural inputs for maximizing yields and output. One of the main objectives was also to provide much needed credit to marginal farmers and share croppers. Credit recipients had to return loans in single payment after harvesting. The rate of repayment was 100 percent. The program ran for six years with very encouraging results.

 This experience led SOJAG to initiate and launch Agriculture Extension & Credit program in 2005 with financial assistance from PKSF (Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation). While the objectives and goals of the Program have remained the same, it now covers more geographical areas and ever increasing number of marginal farmers and share-croppers. The Program details are as follows:

Through this Program farmers are provided with modern agricultural practices along with much needed credit for agricultural inputs. Considering the cost of production SOJAG provides Tk. 5,000 per biga and a maximum of Tk. 30,000 per farmer. Farmers now use this credit to raise Boro, Amon and winter vegetables. It can be mentioned that the rate of repayment is 100 percent.

In keeping with SOJAG’s objective of boosting agriculture production and helping farmers augment increased income, SOJAG has launched its Seed Plant Program. The facility will have storage capacity of 700 metric tons of different high yielding varieties of paddy processed with the installed Cleaner and Grader machineries installed in the Seed Plant.

SOJAG has plans to sell 100 metric tons of Foundation and TLS paddy seeds (BRRI DHAN-29, BRRI DHAN-50 and BRRI DHAN-58) to about 10,000 of its contact farmers for 2016-17 Boro season.

The sale price has been fixed as follows:

BRRI DHAN-29 (Foundation): Tk. 60/kg

BRRI DHAN-29 (TLS): Tk. 50/kg

BRRI DHAN-50 (Banglamoti – TLS): Tk. 50/kg

BRRI DHAN-58 (TLS): Tk. 50/kg

The rates compares favorably with other NGOs and firms, however, a little higher than the government rate because of the subsidy that it provides.




The construction of the 8-storied SOJAG Development Management Institute, located in Kalampur, Dhamrai, is now complete. Each floor has a space of 3000 sq. feet. The building will house the office and studios of SOJAG Radio, Training rooms, hostels, meeting rooms and an auditorium. It will have space for youth involved in 'out-sourcing' work.

The topmost floor has sound proof studios and the office of SOJAG Radio under its Community Radio Program. The band width and frequency, however, is expected to be allocated soon. An FM band transmission tower has already been set up on the roof. The 6th floor will have cafeteria; 5th and 4th floor will have dormitories to house 70 participants. There are four VIP rooms as well. The Conference room is housed on the third floor with a capacity of 250 persons. Second floor will have space for out-sourcing work employing youths.

A heavy duty generator (85kva) has been installed, an 8-person lift set up and functioning and internal decoration work is now in progress.


 Each year SOJAG organizes receptions for the recipients of GPA-5 (A+) students of all Dhamrai schools, Madrasahs and Vocational Institutions. This year (2015) also a reception was organized for 124 students who obtained GPA-5 from 30 High Schools, 11 Madrasahs and 4 Vocational Institutions located in Dhamrai Upazila. Of them 99 students from High Schools, 3 from Madrasahs and 22 from Vocational Institutions came out with highest performance.

The function was organized at the village Shailan (Head Office of SOJAG) with the honorable MP, UNO and Teachers and other dignitaries of Dhamrai being present. The students were provided with gift hampers including books, two Dictionaries and a crest.

The guest of honor, Member of Parliament of Dhamrai, in his speech, emphasized on the need of maintaining the same level of performance and perseverance in the coming years.  Dhamrai Hardinge High School & College was awarded a special crest for the highest number of students obtaining GPA-5.




The Trust Bank Limited, a private commercial bank sponsored by the Bangladesh Army Welfare Trust, has approved a loan of Tk. 40 crores (400 million) to SOJAG. The checks for Tk. 1.5 crores and Tk. 38.5 crores were handed over to SOJAG by the Governor of Bangladesh Bank in a simple ceremony held at the Conference Room of Bangladesh Bank. The Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank and top management staff of the Trust Bank were also present on the occasion.

A total of Tk. 1.5 crore was made available to SOJAG under re-financing from Bangladesh Bank to be given as agriculture loan to farmers at the flat rate of 9.5%.

Tk. 18.5 crores was provided for agriculture loan to be given to farmers thru SOJAG groups at 11%; Tk. 10 crores for setting up a 500-ton capacity Seed Plant. Another Tk. 10 crore has been provided for setting up of 1000 biogas plants over a period of 3 year.

Press Release / Notice

SOJAG Annual Report for 2015-16 has been published. To obtain a copy please email "info@sojag.org".