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The remarkable floating gardens of Bangladesh
by Kalpana Sunder
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10 September 2020
On 10 September 2020 BBC News reported:
In the lowlands of Bangladesh, people are turning to a centuries-old form of hydroponics. In one part of south-central Bangladesh, for 300-400 years, people have been following an age-old traditional method of cultivation called dhap, or known locally as baira. These are floating vegetable gardens -- artificial islands, that simply rise and fall with the swelling waters. Now farmers are reviving this old practice to reduce their vulnerability due to climate change.
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Floating gardens are most common in the districts of Gopalganj, Barisal and Pirojpur. Here, during monsoons the farmers gather weeds like water hyacinth or paddy stalks, and place them on stagnant water, beating them into shape and making rafts. They plant seedlings on these organic beds, and place them in flooded parts of the villages.
... This kind of soil-free cultivation also exists in different parts of the world, such as Dal Lake in Kashmir and Inle Lake in Myanmar, where people have adapted to living on the water. The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization declared Bangladesh's floating gardens to be a globally important agricultural heritage system in December 2015. These are landscapes that combine agricultural biodiversity, resilient ecosystems and cultural heritage.
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