In the quest for safer food, the demand for organically grown foods has increased due to their probable health benefits and food safety concerns.
Salina Jahan, a Narsingdi woman, is a glaring example of how one can lift his or her family out of the vicious poverty cycle by adopting organic agriculture farming.
Poverty used to afflict her and put a barrier on her way to running the family, but could not deter this self-motivated woman from becoming self-reliant. She has set an instance of bringing happiness to many women's lives in Narsingdi by giving them the opportunity to work on her organic agriculture farm and earn a handsome amount.
Salina Jahan is now a woman farmer-cum-entrepreneur of Narsingdi district.
Presently, many local women are working with Salina who has established a healthy and organic agriculture farm by using organic fertiliser in Shoikarchar village of Shibpur upazila in the district.
She brought many women out of the home to land. She inspired many others towards agriculture and involved them with diverse agriculture farming, making them self-reliant. She also inspired the rural women to produce vermin-compost for organic farming.
Salina said she and her organization Grameen Krishak Daridra Bimochan Atmakallyan Sangstha started organic agriculture in 2007 with the assistance of the then Deputy Commissioner Amrita Baroi.
She brought the unemployed rural women out of home and engaged them in producing vermin compost for organic vegetable farming.
Salina presently is cultivating organic vegetables and paddy on 25 bighas of land, getting excellent income from farming.
She also started poultry farming and Turkey bird farming at Joynagor union of the same upazila in Narsingdi district in 2015.
Currently, there are over 10 thousand chickens and 700 Turkey birds in two farms.
She said women's participation in the agriculture and poultry sector has been contributing to poverty alleviation, meeting the nutritional demands of people and also helping women to be financially well-off.
Salina Jahan, the pioneer of women empowerment, received Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Purasker from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The popularity of organically grown foods is increasing day by day owing to their nutritional and health benefits.
Bangladesh is far behind in the adoption of organic farming, presently it has got a pace in organic agriculture and now many entrepreneurs and farmers are making their way to organic agriculture farming.
Organic farming will have a great impact on the health of a nation like Bangladesh by spiking the production of agri-products.