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Mr. Muhammed Abdus Salam, founder and the President of Bangladesh Organic Products Manufacturers Association (BOPMA) has been trying to establish “Organics” in Bangladesh since 2002 and finally the Caretaker Govt. regulated Organic Fertilizer act in 2008. Therefore, BOPMA is pushing the Govt. enabling and implementing the National Organic Policy.
 
BOPMA’s main goal  is to save the nation from Poverty, Hunger, Malnutrition and from Diseases as well as to save public health, soil health, fisheries and environment through the following objectives – 

1.  To bring back the soil health as it was natural in the beginning. The BOPMA is urging the farmers keeping a certain portion of their crop plants onto the soil during the harvesting time. The BOPMA is also requesting the farmers cultivating different crops in different seasons on their soil throughout the country. As a result the soils will get different nutrients from different crops and it will be healthier naturally gradually.

2. To establish an Organic Fertilizer factory at every Upajila meeting up the total demands of fertilizer throughout the country. Organic Fertilizer supplements to chemical fertilizers and better than chemical fertilizers which was proved by the Ministry of Agriculture. On the other hand Organic Fertilizer reduces the usage of pesticides  up-to 80% We can save total subsidy from fertilizer section easily. (pictures available)
 
3.  To establish 20 units of Herbal Pesticides industries throughout the country meeting up the total demands of pesticides and insecticides. Neem, Mehagani etc. will be used as raw materials producing herbal pesticides and insecticides those must supplement of chemical pesticides and insecticides. This initiative will stop importation of chemical and toxic pesticides and will save millions of foreign currencies. (pictures available)

4. To establish and to familiar the Soybean, various Soy foods a best source of plant protein (46%) Only Soybean alone can remove poverty, hunger, severe diseases and malnutrition from Bangladesh easily. Soybean supplements easily to meat, fish, egg, milk etc. 50 units of soybean based industries can be established throughout the country where to be produced Soybean oil, Soy Nuggets, Soy Milk, Soy Flour, Soy Fry, Soy instant foods, Soy Tofu etc.  

5. Soybean can easily strengthen food security in Bangladesh. It must be replaced of destructive Tobacco and other hazardous, voracious crops. Maize and Tobacco certainly are voracious crops those uptake more nutrients from soil. On the other hand, nicotine of tobacco causes cancer, T.B and other severe diseases, those are killing thousands of lives every year. Millions of taka are being spent in treatment purpose caused by tobacco. The important point is that tobacco is the entrance and first step of the destructive Drug. The BOPMA is trying to convert all tobacco based industries into Soybean based industries throughout the country to save the nation.
 
6. Soybean can be cultivated on fallow, loamy, harsh, infertile lands, char lands, high lands, coastal areas. Soybean develops soil structures, soil health within 3 years because it takes nitrogen from the air and supplies nitrogen to the soil. So, thousands of hectares of infertile lands will become fertile through Soybean cultivation. The BOPMA is trying to develop Soybean cultivation throughout the country.
  
7. The BOPMA is working to diversify the food habits of the nation. For example – (1) Soybean supplements to meat, egg, fish and milk. (2) Yam, potato, maize, vegetables etc  supplement to rice and wheat. (3)  Indigenous fruits supplement and better than imported fruits. On the other hand all the imported fruits contents very harmful and hazardous preservatives those kill the people through slow poisoning.
  
8.  The BOPMA is convincing and teaching the farmers to prepare compost fertilizer at their home yard using their own cow-dung, kitchen wastage, food wastage, vegetable wastage etc. They can meet up their own demands of fertilizer through their own composting plants.

9.  Some national and multinational companies pour 50000 mt of harmful and hazardous pesticides every year in this small country. We are losing millions of foreign currencies in importing these pesticides and insecticides, on the other hand these huge quantity of pesticides are killing us, our fisheries, our environment etc. through slow poisoning. The BOPMA is working to control pesticides, insecticides through Integrated Pastes Management system (IPM) and are being taught and convinced this system to the farmers throughout the country accordingly.

10.The BOPMA is working to discourage the nation  to par-boiled rice. The nation has been using par-boiled rice for nothing. Non boiled rice is better and more nutritious than par-boiled rice. Thousands of mt of fuels have been being destroyed for boiling and for drying rice and polluting our environment. On the other hand thousands of workers are being involved in this sector.   

11. The BOPMA is pioneering Jatropha plantation on the road sides, rail-way sides, fallow, loamy, harsh, infertile lands, char lands, high lands, coastal areas and on hilly areas throughout the country aiming to produce Bio-diesel and balanced fertilizer. BOPMA is working to bring 200000 hectares of fallow lands under Jatropha plantation by 2015 aiming to produce 600000 mt of Bio-diesel and 1400000 mt of Organic fertilizer from Jatropha seeds. 

12. The BOPMA is contributing to control Global Warming and Climate Change through Jatropha plantation and Biodiesel production. Because –

A)  Infertile, loamy, harsh and fallow lands are suitable for  Jatropha cultivation 
B)  3000 plants can be planted in one hectare of land and yielding will be 6 – 10 MT
C)  A Jatropha plant absorbs 8 kgs CO2 & reduce Global Warming
D) It is to prune so its branches and leaves are being composted for quality Organic
     Fertilizer 
E)  Its seeds contents 37% oil which can be combusted as fuel without being
     refined. It burns
      with clear smoke-free flame, tested successfully as fuel in simple diesel engine.
F)  The by-products are press cake a good and balanced  Organic Fertilizer. It
     Contents about 5% N, 2.5% P, 2% K including other nutritions. It also acts as
     Pesticide.
G)  It controls Erosion  and increase soil quality
H)  It contributes to rural women promotion
I)   It contributes to Rural income generation and poverty reduction
J)   It produces Renewable Energy (Biodiesel) which emits 80% less CO2 than
      fossil diesel
K)  It saves millions of foreign currencies avoiding importation of fossil diesel

13. The BOPMA has set-up its own laboratory at 20 destinations throughout the country. Any Organic Food Manufacturer, Organic Farmer, Organic products  Processor, Organic vegetables Processor can conduct Laboratory Testing on his / her products at the BOPMA Laboratory. The farmers and the stakeholders can achieve their Soil Test report and Organic Certification from BOPMA.  

14. The BOPMA expects removing Poverty, Hunger, Malnutrition, Diseases, unemployment etc. from Bangladesh through Jatropha plantation and Soybean cultivation throughout the country by 2015.
  
15. BOPMA is working to convince the brick field owners stopping their Brick Fields. Because, the brick fields have been destroying our lands and top soil, forests, coal, environment etc. To be guided the brick field owners for hollow blocks using the lot of sands of our rivers.

16. The BOPMA has its own storage facilities where the own ethnic varieties of crops are being stored. The association is trying to re-establish our own ethnic varieties throughout the country. Mentionable that our own varieties require less fertilizer, less irrigation and less pesticides but the crops are stronger, healthier, more resistant and more nutritious.
 
17. The BOPMA is working to develop Organic Farming throughout the country. There are lot of demands of Organic Vegetables, Fruits and Foods to our local market as well as to the global markets.
 
18. The BOPMA is working to establish Community Housing at every village in Bangladesh. As a result thousands of hectares of lands will be freed those will be cultivated strengthening food security.

19. The BOPMA is working to develop Eco Toilet and the staff are trying to deliver the concept among the people throughout the country. Eco Toilet is 100% environment friendly and its slurry is the best source of organic manure  

20. The BOPMA is urging the industrialist to re-cycle and re-use their chemical and water wastage and residues at their own premises avoiding water, air and environment pollution.

21. The BOPMA is working to resume cattle and livestock throughout the country aiming to plough lands by the bullock. The staff are trying to convince the peoples as well as the farmers about the merits of plough and the demerits of power tiller.    

22. The BOPMA is working to develop Mushroom business throughout the country.  The staff are holding different programs aiming to create entrepreneurs in this business because mushroom is 100% organic and the medicine of lot of diseases.

23. BOPMA is working to control pesticides, insecticides, chemicals, toxic, artificial and GM foods and beverage to save the nation from severe diseases as Cancer, Heart disease, Kidney and Liver diseases etc.

24. BOPMA is working to discourage the nation  to parboiled rice. To be convinced the people about the merits of the non-parboiled rice and the demerits of the parboiled rice because we have been destroying our valuable fuels, menpower and polluting our environment  in parboiling rice.
  
25. BOPMA is working to convince the Govt. minimizing misuse of imported Fossil fuels in transport sector. We have very good Railway network throughout the country. We can save millions of foreign currencies easily developing our existing railway network shortly.

26. BOPMA has proposed to the Govt. to work together controlling foods quality throughout the country. 

27.    BOPMA represents businesses across the Organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop. Over sixty percent of BOPMA trade members are small businesses.

28.    BOPMA is working to derail public mentality from the attractive advertisement those are mostly false, bogus, and baseless. BOPMA is also urging the Govt. issuing ordinance against the fake and baseless such advertisements.

29.     BOPMA is working to develop Organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products, and new sectors locally. This association is urging the Govt. stopping importation of unnecessarily products / items (readymade garments, shoes, toys, cosmetics, foods, baby foods etc). Because Bangladeshi entrepreneurs can produce all these items in better quality easily. Thus we can save our environment, fashion and millions of foreign currencies.

30. BOPMA is a leader in advocating and protecting organic standards so that consumers can have confidence in certified organic products.  With input from its diverse membership, BOPMA continues to develop and refine organic standards for emerging product areas. BOPMA will monitor the work of government agencies, will take positions on legislation that affects organic agriculture and products, and will represent the industry to regulators, elected officials, and international bodies. 
 
31. BOPMA is committed to increase the amount of agricultural land under organic management for the good of the planet and its inhabitants. A healthy supply chain is integral to the continued growth of the organic industry and to consumer choice in the marketplace. BOPMA  works on many fronts to support the transition to organic farming, processing, and handling. BOPMA’s Why Go Organic.com website is a clearinghouse of resources for farmers and businesses interesting in becoming organic or creating new organic businesses.

32. BOPMA is the founder of the All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show. All Things Organic is the largest business-to-business trade show and conference in Bangladesh focusing exclusively on organic products and organic trade issues.
 
33. BOPMA works with public and private organizations to support scientific research regarding organic production and processing. Research-based information on the environmental, health, and nutritional impacts of organic agriculture and its products is critical for the small but fast-growing organic industry.
 

President


Green Chashe Md. Kamruzzaman Mridha
President, Bangladesh Organic Products Manufacturers Association (BOPMA)

Merits of Organic Agriculture

Organically processed products do not contain hydrogenated fats and other additives whose negative health impacts are widely acknowledged. Organic plant-based food products generally contain higher amounts of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial substances.