A farmer taking care of his nepier grass at Chhoo Dhalaharachandra village of Sailkupa in Jhenidah. The photo was framed on Saturday morning.

Delwar Kabir, Jhenidah
When the farmers, especially cattle head rearers in Jhenidah have been facing severe fodder crisis, some farmers came forward to produce grass on fallow lands to meet the demand of their animals.
It is a significant initiative by the farmers which will help ensure the fresh green fodder for the cattle heads in the district, said the farmers and the officials of the livestock department in Jhenidah.
Farmer Abdul Momin, a farmer taking care of nepier grass on the bank of an irrigation canal of Ganges-Kobadak (GK) project under Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) at Chhoo Dhalaharachandra of Sailkupa in Jhenidah said the farmers like him were facing severe fodder crisis for their cattle heads for past few years.
A filed level staff of livestock department encouraged him to utilize the banks of the nearest
irrigation canal which was lying fallow lands.
As per the advice, the farmers started cultivating nepiar grass on both banks of the canal for past few years. The farmers said each farmer has been producing the better yield grass on the end of his land attached with the canal.
They harvest the grass six to seven times every year which helps ensure fresh fodder for the animals round the year free of cost. About 25 percent of the fodder is produced on the canal banks, they said.
According to a source related to the office of the district livestock office in Jhenidah, the demand of the fodder in six upazilas of the district is… tones, while … tones is met up with nepier grass every year.
The farming of the grass on the irrigation canal meets about … percent of the total demand. Although the figure is not up to the mark, it helps lot to meet the yearly demand of the farmers of the district.District livestock officer of Jhenidah Dr. Hafizur Rahman
when contacted said the farmers
of the district are very much
aware about the health of their animals.
Now 46,000 tones of nepair grass are in Jhenidah Sadar, Kaliganj, Kotchandpur, Moheshpur, Sailkupa and Harinakundu upazilas of the district, the sources said.