BARISAL, Sept 25 (BSS): Work on the Integrated Area Development Project (IADP), a new agriculture scheme, is progressing fast in four southern districts under Barisal Agriculture Extension Zone (BAEZ).
Official sources said the project is aimed at improving the livelihood of small, marginal and landless farmers.
It is being implemented in Pirojpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur and Shariatpur districts at a cost of Tk 754.10 million 75.41 crore) with the financial assistance of Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the sources said.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), 22 selected NGOs and different commercial banks are implementing the project.
Under the project, the farmers receive target-oriented training on improved production technology, quality control, storage and preservation of quality seeds, and proper use of credit.
Besides, LGED constructed 60 kms of irrigation canals in the project area and the banks have been lending credit for purchasing irrigation equipment.
The LGED also rehabilitated 40 markets and 10 crop landing places to improve marketing of products at the project sites.