Seed Bank is the Source of Unity

Nayapara village under south Maijpara union of Dhobaura upazila of Mymensingh district is situated near the border line of India and Bangladesh which is river Erosion Island where tribal and other villagers live together. Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) started its activities with the poor families along with 25 members of ‘Sandhatara’ group by the financial assistance of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Selling labor and agriculture are their main occupation.

SUS started to work by aiming to bring them into mainstream development through knowing their needs and utilizing their experience and dormant talent. The members of ‘Sandhatara’ group started ‘Seed Bank’ with 8 drums and 10 pots. The curious members preserved 10 varieties of vegetable seeds in 10 pots like pumpkin, red amaranth, amaranth, white gourd, okra, sweet gourd, Indian spinach, kangkon, ribbed gourd and cucumber. Besides, they preserved 80 kg paddy seed in drums. Considering seed bank, they plan for vegetable cultivation, use of uncultivable land beside their houses, planning for keeping records which were the strength of the poor families. Bumper yield of vegetable cultivation of Ganjali Mankin is the outcome of seed bank. Development thinking of SUS for the livelihood development of neglected and deprived people of Nayapara village will be succeeded through extending the collecting effort like this organized people.