Monthly Archives: February 2015

Fabulous Story of Strawberry :Syeda Tasnim Jannat

The very word ‘strawberry’ creates a lovely feeling in the mind.The wonderful color of a ripe fruit of strawberry,the amazing flavor of the fruit and the delicious taste of the fruit all rush to the mind to create the special feeling.

People of Bangladesh had little idea of this fruit ten years ago.Some brand of ice creams containing color and flavor of strawberry and pictures of the fruit advertisement in media were the only hints of this fruit.The fruit was thought as an exotic one that grew in western countries only.Though it was noted in some books that strawberry could be grown in Bangladesh,yet efforts for successful growing of the fruit was not known.

The creative individuals across the country were trying to grow strawberry in their garden and laboratory for quite long.They collected vines from various countries and made many attempts to grow this wonderful on the soil  of Bangladesh.Some attempts were partially successful.But,commercial growing was not feasible.

At last,the breakthrough came.Some varieties of Strawberry proved to stand in the climate of Bangladesh and produce profitable yield.Gradually the magical fruit spread across the country through some enterprising and innovative farmers.People became happy to have a brand new fruit for which they dreamt.

If you visit a Bangladeshi marketplace you may find a number of strawberry varieties being sold by vendors at reasonable price.You may see how a customer is bargaining to buy some strawberry fruits.

I like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all persons who tried hard to introduce the delicious and nutritious strawberry fruit in Bangladesh.I also congratulate  the farmers who are working to grow this fruit to supply to the people of Bangladesh.

I am extremely happy to have a fabulous fruit in Bangladesh.I hope this fruit will help farmers to earn a lot and the at  same time people will enjoy a nutritious fruit to fight malnutrition.


Mushroom Species of Bangladesh : Syeda Tasnim Jannat

Cultivation of mushroom is getting popularity in Bangladesh day by day.The chief reason of this trend is the supportive role of the Government of Bangladesh and incessant efforts of the experts of National Mushroom Development and Training Institute,Savar under the leadership of the Department of Agricultural Extension.

The modern facility of mushroom production,extension,training and research started its effective programme under the name ofNational Mushroom Development and Extension Centre of Department of Agricultural Extension under Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of Bangladesh.The centre has now acquired lots of experience in mushroom cultivation and achieved expertise to popularize the nutritious mushroom species.Following species of mushroom are being cultivated in Bangladesh.

1.Oyster Mushroom-(a)Pleurotus ostreatus;(b)Pleurotus  djmour;(c)Pleurotus  cystidiosus;(d)Pleurotus  citrinopleatus;(e)Pleurotus  geesternus;(f)Pleurotus  florida;(g)Pleurotus  sajor-caju;(h)Pleurotus  highking;(i) Pleurotus  sapidus (j)Pleurotus  eryngii

2.Ear Mushroom-Auricularia auricula

3.Milky White Mushroom-Calocybe indica

4.Straw Mushroom-Volvariella volvacea

5.Reishi Mushroom-Ganoderma lucidum

6.Shiitake Mushroom-Lentinus edodes

7.Button Mushroom-(a)Agaricus bisporus;(b)Agaricus bitorquis;(c)Agaricus blezi

8.Monkey Head Mushroom-Hericium erinaceus

Petrol Bomb : A Poem By Dr.Syed Zainul Abedin

They craved to return to their sweet home
So they began journey in the dark night
The passengers could not imagine of tragic doom

Feelings of happy moments appeared like foam
Pleasures of achievements made them bright
They craved to return to their sweet home

The lovely bus was rushing to a fiery tomb
Inhumane rogues lurked out of sight
The passengers could not imagine of tragic doom

Suddenly the beasts of hell hurled petrol bomb
Fire swelled and swallowed with all its might
They craved to return to their sweet home

Scream of men,women and children created gloom
People rushed to the burning inferno in fright
The passengers could not imagine of tragic doom

Inhumane  power mongers have strange syndrome
People are pawns of them to secure their own right
They craved to return to their sweet home
The passengers could not imagine of tragic doom

Mushroom in Food and Nutrition Security : Syeda Tasnim Jannat

Bangladesh is a small country with vast population.It is always struggling to supply enough food to meet the demand of its ever increasing population and decreasing cultivable land and other resources.

It is really a divine blessing that that self sufficiency in cereal grain has been achieved in Bangladesh.But self sufficiency of food grain does not mean food and nutrition security.Consumption of six essential nutrients in balanced quantities by human beings may ensure food and nutrition security.The essential nutrients are carbohydrates,proteins,fats,vitamins, minerals and water.Cereal grains may have variable amounts of some amount of other nutrients in addition to carbohydrates.Remaining essential nutrients need to be collected and consumed from other food sources.the essential nutrients are responsible for performing at least one of the following functions in the human body.

1.Regulate metabolic processes.

2.Provide energy.

3.Build and repair tissues.

Judicious consumption of cereals and other carbohydrate foods,meats,milk,pulses,edible oils and fats,vegetables,minerals and water may help a person to have a healthy life.Though high level of expertise is required to ascertain deficiency or excesses of essential nutrients yet basic knowledge of nutrition is indispensable  for each person for maintaining happy and productive life.

Mushroom has been added recently  to the food basket of Bangladesh.Common edible mushroom contains large amount of protein,minerals and fibers in addition to some carbohydrates and fats.Its cultivation procedure is very simple.Besides, very less land is needed for its cultivation.Many male and female farmers are successfully growing mushroom after taking training from the National Mushroom Development and Extension Centre and its branches spread across Bangladesh.People are getting used to consume the delicious and nutritious mushroom foods and improving their nutrition status.

Considering the aforesaid attributes  of mushroom it may be easily cultivated in large scale for ensuring food and nutrition security of the people of Bangladesh.