Raziuddin1, Md Mahmudul Hasan Khan2*, Takia Tanzina Akhter Bhuiyan3, Gazi Nazmul Hasan1, Md Rashedul Islam4, HM Khairul Bashar1 and Nur Alam Siddiqui5
1OFRD, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh
2Plant Breeding Division, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh
3Sher-e-bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
4Horticulture Centre, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh
5SSO, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Training on Applied Nutrition, Bangladesh
*Corresponding Author: Md Mahmudul Hasan Khan, Plant Breeding Division, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh.
Received: June 18, 2021; Published: June 29, 2021
Floating agriculture system has a wide impact on livelihood of submerged ecosystem of southern region of Bangladesh. Research and documentation based on seedlings production based floating agriculture system on its productivity, stability, adaptability, sustainability, and profitability in situ condition is inadequate. Therefore, an approach was made to construct an overview of seedlings production based floating agriculture system based on farmers field condition trial, so that biospheres’ and edaphic ecology would be utilized with indigenous inputs, nature of floating bed would be justified, pesticide use can be rationalised, productivity and marketability would be understood. Therefore, the trial was conducted at waterlogged ecosystem of Bisharkandi union, Banaripara upazilla of Barishal district during Kharif -1 season from late May to October, 2018 to evaluate the performance of four vegetables (bottle gourd, papaya, bombay morich and brinjal) on conventional floating beds at farmers level in three batches i) BARI lau 4 ii) papaya (local) + bombay morich iii) hybrid bottle gourd + brinjal (local) + Bombay morich. The unit floating bed size was 60 m long × 1.2 m wide × 1.2 m height. Papaya (local) provided the maximum number of seedlings (59.29). The maximum number of marketable seedlings was provided by the second batch (3095) and hence the maximum gross return (20920 Tk.). The maximum total dry matter was provided by the third batch seedlings production. Floating bed prepared by indigenously had submergence rate 1.05 cm/day found less stable which frequently needed re-establishment by bed materials. Insects and disease infestation occurred sporadically. Non-judicious pesticides use with higher residual retention by indigenous farmers causing water body contamination in a drastic way. The net return attained from the trial was 26,998 Tk./bed.
Keywords: Seedling’s Production; Floating Agriculture; Submerged Ecosystem
Citation: Md Mahmudul Hasan Khan., et al. “A Critical Assessment of Seedling Production Using a Floating Agriculture System in Bangladesh's Southern Submerged Ecosystem". Acta Scientific Agriculture 5.7 (2021): 92-98.
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