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Taroni's wife, Baby Shikari | by USAID Bangladesh
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Taroni's wife, Baby Shikari

UTTAR BORO MAGRA, BAKAL, AGAILIHARA, BARISAL, BANGLADESH: May 10, 2016 - Taroni Kanta Shikari (means “hunter” in Bangla), 45, is a small farmer owning 3.65 acres of land. He lives with his wife (Baby Shakiri), his mother, one son (Taposh) who reads in class 7 and one daughter Trishna (means “thirst” in Bangla) who is in paramedic school. He completed his study up to grade 7. He could not continue due to the economic condition of his family. Taroni had to take responsibility for the family expenses. He started rice farming at a very young age. Then he married Baby. They have 1 son and 1 daughter. At one stage he went to abroad to earn higher income and borrowed 200,000 Taka from his fellow farmers. But, he could not succeed in getting a good job abroad and returned back home to restart his rice farming. They used to live in a kutcha tin shed house. He used to cultivate only Boro rice in his 3.65 acres of land. He did not follow any good rice farming practices such as line sowing, using integrated pest management (IPM) methods, good quality seed and balanced doses of fertilizers etc. He met the Feed the Future Accelerating agriculture Productivity Improvement (AAPI) Activity staff and the field official of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and got to know about good agricultural practices including use of urea deep placement (UDP) technology. He first received training from USAID AAPI Activity in 2010 and later also attended a motivational field visit. After receiving training he began using UDP technology and other improved practices in rice farming and vegetable crops for last 5 years. On an average he received an incremental production of about 0.4 metric tons (882 pounds) of Boro rice every year. His income increased every year due to improved productivity of rice crop and also other vegetable crops as he applied improved rice farm management practices. He used the additional income to repay what was left of his loan (Tk. 150,000 already paid back), building another room in his house and refilling some low lands of his homestead with sands. His daughter is studying in a nursing school and his son is a student of grade 7. Photo by Morgana Wingard

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Taken on May 10, 2016