Agriculture and Livestock Unit
From the experience of implementing various agro-based projects and programmes, VERC observed that agricultural production cannot be augmented without channelling technological and capacity building supports along with credit facility to the farmers. With this reality, VERC has established “Agriculture Unit” from October 2013 for extending sustainable agricultural technologies and services to the door-steps of marginal and small farmers with a view to increasing agricultural production as well as ensuring food security. During the reporting period 3 block demonstration has been established by providing 100 porous pipes, 1600 pheromone traps and, 1600 kg Urea Super Granule (USG) to the farmers. In addition, result demonstrations has been undertaken in order to popularize high yielding zinc enriched variety of BRRIdhan 62 and summer tomato. Similarly, a specific method demonstration on compost preparation has been established in order to inspire using of bio-fertilize. 75 demonstrations have been established to enhance native fish culture along with vegetables cultivation. Livestock unit demonstrated improved technologies on goat rearing, dairy milk production, beef fattening & vermicompost production, fodder production among selected beneficiaries during this period. There were in total 194 demonstrations at Singair upazila under Manikgonj district and Dhamrai upazila under Dhaka district.