Who is Latifa?Latifa Begum lives in Monohorpur village at NagarkandaUpazila Under Faridpur District. Her family consists of 8members (Old Husband, Son, daughter, daughter in lawand three grand children). Though her son is the mainincome earning member of the family but she contributesthrough some income generating activities like vegetablesproduction & poultry rearing and plays as household head.
Know how about OFSPPreviously she was not aware about usefulness oforange fleshed sweet potato. But when CSISAWorldFish arranged two days long basic training at6-7 November 2012 on “Household based pondaquaculture, horticulture on dyke and nutritionalawareness”, me and other 24 participants learnedabout the importance of orange fleshed sweetpotato and interested to cultivate this sweet potato.
OFSP vine received and cultivationAfter getting assurance of OFSP vine fromWorldFish, Faridpur Hub, she preparedone decimal land in her homestead. Shereceived 240 OFSP vines of threevarieties (BARI SP 4, 7 & 8) and planted itin her land at 13 November 2012 inaccordance with proper guidelines fromHDO. She with her other family memberstogether have taken care this sweetpotato during cultivation.Vines distribution among HHbeneficiaries at Monohorpur village
Picture of earthing up and leaf collectionEarhing-up by Latifa OFSP leave collected byLatifa & her grand child
Harvesting & YieldShe has harvested 63 kgroots at end of March 2013and 7 kg leaves in severaltimes from this plot. She didnot get yield in accordanceher expectation because ofattacking by rats. Shethinks, yield will be doubledif it was not attacked by rats. Roots harvested by Latifa
Other picture of harvestingLatifa collecting OFSP roots Harvested OFSP roots
Consumption, distribution and Sale• She with her family members consumed 24 kgof roots and 7 kg leaves• Distributed 17 kg among relatives (brothers,grand child ) and neighbors.• Sold 20 kg to WorldFish office, 2 kg toneighbors’ and got total Tk. 660 @Tk 30/kg.
Types of Meal ConsumedSeveral times she hasconsumed OFSP leavesas Fry, Curry with fish &mash and OFSP rootsas boiled, burned &cake/pitha.Different types of meal prepared by Latifaand other Women
Response from neighborMany relatives and neighbors are interested tocultivate OFSP. Some of them demanded OFSPvines from her. Already 2 neighbors and 2relatives received vines from her for next yearcultivation.
Challenges• Attacked by rats(about one half lossof total production)• Local theft• Affected by goatsand cowsRoots attacked by rats
Future PlanShe is happy to cultivate OFSP. She wants toexpand OFSP cultivation as well as distribute it innext year specially BARI SP4 & BARI SP8 varietyto meet up nutritional requirement and increasingincome. For this, she has preserved OFSP vinesat her homestead area.