Project on Baukul

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INTRODUCTION
Scientific Name: Ziziphus Mauritiana
Family: Rhamnaceae.
BAU Kul is a proposed project to be implemented at the Jhilongja, Link Road at Coxs’ Bazar. Being imbued with the attractive size and taste of BAU Kul “SAVOIR-FAIRE” has planned to set up a BAU Kul garden only on 177 kathas by planting 2000 saplings in the project area. Due to wild type character, its shelf-life is higher than that of other fruits and the soil and environmental conditions of the region are favorable for this BAU Kul project.

BAU Kul, a wonder fruit, is now an agricultural buzzword and promises fortune for farmers in Bangladesh. The project was originally initiated by Prof. Dr. A M Faruq and Prof. Dr. M A Rahim at thew Germ Plasma Centre of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in 1999. Afgter a long research from 1999 to 2003, they developed a new variety of Kul. As the research became successful, thery conducted “adaptation trials” in different districts through govt. and some non-govt. organizations. After successful adaptation trial, National Seed Board registered the fruit as FITP BAU Kul-1 in 2005. They collected local varieties of Kul from different parts of the country and also from ther Philippines, Somalia, Taiwan, Thailand and Insia. BAU Kul variety was evolved through tissue culture and named after BAU (Bangladesh Agricultural University). BAU Kul is a quick growing, early yielding and highly valued fruit tree which will be planted in Sandy loam soil, a type of soil which is used in plant beds and pots that require ample drainage for the plants to thrive. This tree has short spikes on the stem and branches. It has dark-green leaves with a light, almost white, undersurface. The flowers are yellowish and born in clusters; they are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. As the seedlings do not tolerate transplanting, therefore the best alternatives are to sow the seeds directly in the field. Its harvesting season is from April to May. SAVOIR-FAIRE has intended to enter into an agreement with a local nursery in Coxs’ Bazar for the supply of 2000 nos. of BAU Kul (Tk 30 per sapling) quality saplings. These saplings will be developed through grafting method. The fruit can be harvested within three months of plantation of saplings. The interspaces between the plants will be covered with essential organic oil producing grasses, like lemon grass, citronella etc. which works as excellent cover crops for erosion control in the hilly regions of the country. Besides these eggplant, henna trees, green chilli etc. will also be planted in the same land. Selection of healthy planting material and suitable inter-cultural operations apart from application of pesticides are effective in controlling the pests. SAVOIR-FAIRE’s six partners will look after the farm work by rotation. On an average, a small tree yields 8 to 10 kilograms of kul that will be sold Tk 32 in local markets. This project will bring a safe and handsome return in future. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. NAME OF THE PROJECT: Project–BAUKUL
2. LOCATION:Jhilongja, COXS’ BAZAR LINK ROAD
3. OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT: BAU Kul production
4. PROJECT LAND:177 katha
5. LAND OWNER:Zinatul Zannat
6. PARTNERS:Shirin Akter, Subarna Biswas, Mahmuda Fatema, Nilufar Sharmin, Nur-E-Shafa, Kaniz Fatema 7. LAND AREA DATA:
LENGTH: 50×8= 400 ft
WIDTH: 40×8=320 ft
TOTAL AREA: 400×320 sq. ft
720 sq. ft = 1 katha
400×300 sq. ft = 177 katha
LAND TYPE: Sandy Loam soil
DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO TREES: 4 ft
8. PERIOD OF LOAN: 4 Years
9. TOTAL PROJECT COST:Tk 1311000
10. Total Production: 232500 kg [ 5 years]
11. Total Sales:Tk 7440000
12. FIANCIAL PROJECTIONS
Profitability Forecast| 1st year| 2nd year| 3rd year| 4th year| 5th year| Sales Revenue| 0| 1040000| 1920000| 2240000| 2240000| Gross Profit | (251000)| 910000| 1770000| 2070000| 2050000| Operating Profit| (276500)|...
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