Bangladesh: Hybrid seeds change farmers’ lives
Our client Lal Teer, a research-based company in Bangladesh, has developed hybrid seeds to increase crop yields for vulnerable family farms. Sajeda Khatun shares her story on how Lal Teer's support has changed her family's life.
Sajeda Khatun and her husband have a vegetable farm in the village of Dumuriain. They find it more and more difficult to bring in enough income to take care of their family as their plants are not producing the yields they once did. This is due to increased levels of salt water in farmland, not usually exposed to it.
Rising sea levels have pushed salt water further inland, causing crops to wither and endangering the livelihoods of the families who rely on them. Lal Teer has developed hybrid seeds that perform well in saline conditions. The seeds yield a much larger harvest for farmers because of their adaptability. These seeds can support farmers to increase their income from US$2 per day to US$5 or US$6 per day.
Sajeda received hands-on training from Lal Teer and purchased the seeds. The staff taught her how to raise plant beds, mulch, sow, harvest, and use water more efficiently. Sajeda’s family has already benefited from using the seeds. After just four months, their hybrid seeds produced crops that sold for US$150. With the extra income, Sajeda bought, amongst others, books for her son and all the supplies she needed for the next season.
The project is supported by a grant from the SWFF programme. Advance Consulting assisted Lal Teer with their application for the grant and project management. For more information on the project refer to the project description on our website, SWFF's website or contact Michel Geerligs.