Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

Appetite for organic food on the rise

Only a small number of people living in urban areas prefer organic food, which, inspite of being cultivated in larger quantities, forms only 1 per cent of the total agricultural produce. But demand is certainly increasing.“Cultivation and consumption of organic food have definitely increased. But the production of organic food hasn't increased by more than 1 per cent. A major portion of our food is contaminated by chemicals,” said Gulam Rabanni, the organiser of Unnayan Bikalper Nitinirdharoni Gobeshona (UBINIG).

Nowadays, there are many local stores in the capital selling organic fruits and vegetables.  People are becoming more aware of the health hazards posed by pesticides and harmful chemical additives, prompting some organisations, including UBINIG, Nayakrishi Andolon, Prakritik Krishi Biponon Kendra and Shoshsho Probortona to open outlets and produce organic food across the country.

Prakritik Krishi Biponon Kendra commenced its journey on October 24, 2014, in Dhaka on an experimental basis. It primarily started selling hormone- and chemical-free crops from 9am on every Friday and Saturday, Delowar Jahan, coordinator of Prakritik Krishi Biponon Kendra told The Independent. “Farmers produce crops but they don’t know where to sell them. So, I took this initiative to make a platform named ‘Prakritik Krishi Biponon Kendra’ where farmers can find a place to sell and display their products and consumer can get a chance to buy them.

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