I am Md. Anamul Haque, 40 years old, and live in the village of Gopinagar, Patnitala upazila under Naogaon district in Bangladesh. I left school when I was in class nine and got married with Most Nazma Khatun. Later I became father of three children. I had only one acre of cultivable land which was under rainfed ecosystem and struggling with rice cultivation due to cause of prolonged droughts, irregular and insufficient rainfall.
In 2011, I came in contact with the assistant and cooperation of Caritas for the community people through Strengthening Adaptive Farming in Bangladesh, India and Nepal Project (SAFBIN) and became a member of SAFBIN project. I did not know how yield reduction, due to drought, will minimize performance of the new varieties in real condition to pest resistance, weed competitiveness, yield, duration etc. I was impressed and pleased to discover how the performance of the new varieties might be different when cultivated by farmers without the on-farm support compared to those helped by the project.
Being a member I got the opportunity to receive different skill development trainings and meeting and support of on farm action-research (OFAR). I received inputs and invested for implementation of trial plot in 6 decimal of land adjacent of my homestead. According to trial design, I used five cultivars of relatively short duration, droughts tolerant, and drought escaping varieties. Then I prepared the land considering layout and planting. There were fifteen plots and every plots size were 3 x 4 meters. I collected different data with the assistance of smallholder farmer committee (SHFC) member and staff of SAFBIN project.
Details of the rainfall data were analyzed during several months. Five drought spell were observed during the crop growing period.
I feel very happy now. I got new drought tolerant varieties of rice. This on-farm action-research is helping me to get drought tolerant rice seeds, meet food security and get financial support. I sincerely thank Caritas and the PROACT programme support: this helped me to be self-reliant.