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Union Level Consultation Workshop on Formation of WMO (WMG & WMA) at Shekhor UP

Place: Conference Room,Shekhor UP

Upazila: Boalmari

District: Faridpur

Total Participant: 65 (Male-56, Female-9)

Date: 25/11/2017

Registration

At the beginning of the session, all participants registered their name and filled-up the registration book and format by individual participants. CFs and SFs helped the participants to do it. Workshop was held at the Shekhor union parisad which is situated within the sub unit area.After that mid-level WMO specialist welcomed the participants for day long Union level consultation workshop and requested the chairman to inaugural the workshop.

Inaugural session

Md.Israfil Molla, Chairman of Shekhor UP,Boalmari,Faridpur presided over the function. Mr. Anisul Islam. Project Director (PD), SAIWRPMP-AF, BWDB, Faridpur attended in inaugural session as a chief guest. Other respective experts were also present in the dais and PMO officials were also present in the workshop. Mr. Chairman inaugurated the workshop. He requested the attended participants for active participation in the session and advised them to contribute their ideas, problems & demands so that it will help project development and implementation. After that the Holly Quran and Geeta were cited in the beginning of the session and participants introduced themself one by one including their name, address and occupation.

Welcome speech

Welcome speech given by Mr. Md. Anisul Islam, Project Director of SAIWRPMP-AF, BWDB, Faridpur. He stated that we have successfully completed the same type of project at Narail district, for this reason, second phase has been approved and created a scope to work in the Faridpur region. This project will implement all activities by participatory approaches. So it is the first step to aware the peoples that what we will do and how we will do the work? We wants to remove the water logging problems in this areas by which agriculture land will be expanded. As because of that crop intensity as well as productivity will be increased. Though fish production will be decreased in open water bodies but we will increase fish production in close water bodies (culture fish) by using improve fish farming training with introducing high value fish species.So it need to form "Water Management Group-WMG".Today we will form a "Foundation Committee and after that Ad-hoc committee and WMG/WMA will be formed through participatory.We will work very neutrally though different types of peoples are living here but project will implement without any kind of pressure because this is your project, so you should develop your ownership. It has a big scope to works WMG peoples by LCS strategies if those types of peoples are available. Again he gave thanks the participants to attend this workshop.

Project description through Power Point Presentation (PPP)

Md. Masud Karim, Principal Extension Officer, SAIWRPMP-AF, BWDB, Faridpur presented the WMO (WMG & WMA) formation & development processes one by one through PPP. He presented the slides of the previous day workshop.His presentation made a lively discussion.No doubt, participants enjoyed the session as well as they gave a more emphasis and attention. At the end of the session, some participants raised the question about activities of the project and what kind of support will be given by the project. He answered the participants properly and every things will be shared with you one by one in time.

Open discussion session

After the presentation, an open discussion session was conducted to know problems on fisheries, agriculture, water logging and civil work etc. This session was mainly conducted by the respective experts.Enlisted the following problems on fisheries, agriculture and infrastructure, which will be included in SIP report to address it.

Discussed issues on

a.Agriculture: Water logging problem; only one crop cultivate in round the year; No Farmer Field School (FFS); lack of balance fertilizer; lack of good quality seeds and lack of agricultural training etc.

b.Fisheries: No fish farming knowledge; lack of good quality fish fry/fingerlings; fish disease; not satisfactory fish growth; no knowledge to using fish feed for fish farming; production are very low; availability of predatory animal/fishes and fish marketing problems etc.

c.Civil work: Need to establish Sluicegate in front of Soilkadia Khal; excavation of Soildia Khal. Mr. Mahmadul Islam, respective UP member requested, if possible ToiljhuriDargabari khal should be re-excavation as early as possible.

Closing of Workshop

Md. Israfil Molla, Chairman of Shekhor UP, Boalmari, Faridpur who gave special thanks to all attended participants basically BWDB & ISPMC officials those are spent their valuable time to this workshop. He said that though we are no getting scope to work in 1st phase but very happy to know that our union has included in 2nd phase. He is requested to the project authority if possible a sluicegate to be constructed in front of Goaldi Khal because it is very essential to increase agriculture production. He was very much happy for organizig this type of gathering, and wants to know what BWDB will do in this areas. On behalf of our union any kind of cooperation & participation we will provide to the project team. Finally thanks to the attended project team and other peoples. He agreed to all kinds of cooperation will be given to the project. Then he formed a 13 members of “Foundation Committee” with 3 female members by participatory ways and declared the name of the committee members one by one simultaneously.Lastly he closed the workshop with vote of thanks.

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