An agricultural project has been implemented in the fallow land near Kumudini Hospital and Bharateswari Homes. Vegetables are cultivated here and a number of fishponds have been dug. All these activities follow modern practices. This project provides a major part of the demand of fish for Kumudini complex. It also supplies substantial quantities of vegetables to the complex.

R P Shaha was always keen to undertake innovative programs so that Kumudini becomes a field of work for self-reliant workers. This had been his prime concern when he was alive and Kumudini workers, inspired by and trying to embody R P Shaha’s ideal, are continuing to devote themselves to this task.

Starting from the vegetable gardens, the entire project is a large field where valuable experience and practical knowledge can be acquired. A nutrition project based here is successfully imparting practical training. A pilot poultry farm project has been implemented so that there is a ready supply of fresh

meat and eggs. Also, experiments are being conducted for the cultivation of three kinds of aquatic algae (special type of water hyacinth) which grow in abundance in this country. There has already been some success in this arena. These algae multiply fast in polluted water and during the process reduce the pollution level. It is rich in protein which makes it an ideal food for silver or grass carp. Silver or grass carp feeding on these algae grow very fast with 20-30 percent higher protein content compared to other fish.

Waste Water Treatment and Green Gold projects are creating valuable job opportunities for the locals.

Waste Water Treatment Project

(Making the Environment Safer)

All over the world eco-friendly green lifestyles are being promoted. Kumudini since its inception has been a torchbearer of this cause, for which the Waste Water Treatment Project of the Trust is imperative. All the waste water of the hospital premises, before being passed into the river, are treated in a natural manner through the cultivation of algae (a special kind of water hyacinth), which helps in purifying the waste water and is also a nutritious food for fish and poultry.

The Kumudini Complex at Mirzapur has a regular population of 4000 people. Waste water generated from the complex are piped down and treated through the duckweed-based treatment system. Waste water is composed of primarily domestic, hospital effluent and sewer contents. At present total capacity of the waste water system is 400 litres/day. Under most Bangladeshi circumstances the final effluent from duckweed based waste water treatment systems are superior to the receiving stream or water body