Earthen pot 'Hazol', a technology used for hatching chicken eggs, has become very popular in the char areas of Brahmaputra, Dudhkumar, Teesta and Dharla rivers in Kurigram and Lalmonirhat.
Using this technology, people of char areas are ensuring 100 percent chicks from hatched eggs. There are three holes in the clay pot. Of them, the large hole is used for chickens and eggs while water is kept in the second and food in last one. The hen takes food and water from two small holes while sitting on the eggs to hatch.
As the hens do not need to leave the eggs for food and water, the chicks come out of the hatched eggs successfully.
Shaheda Begum, 35, a housewife from char Bisarpara of Brahmaputra riverbed in Chilmari union of Kurigram's Chilmari upazila, said she has been using 'Hazol' technology to hatch hens' eggs for the last one year. Using this technology, they are getting cent percent chicks.
Before using this method, they would get 45 to 50 percent of the chicks from the eggs and the remaining 50 percent of the eggs got damaged, she said.
Moiram Begum, 45, a day labourer of the same char area, said earlier the hen came out for food and water while sitting on the eggs. Due to this, the eggs did not hatch properly.
Now they are getting cent percent chicks from the eggs using this 'Hazol' method, she said.
Kohinur Begum, 40, a housewife from Char Jorgach area in the same upazila, said she has got 60 chicks from 60 eggs using Hazol method three times a year.
Non-governmental organisations -- RDRS Bangladesh and the ICCO Cooperation -- are jointly implementing a project titled Sustainable Opportunity for Nutrition Governance (SONGO), funded by European Union in the char areas. Through this project, 'Hazol' system has been introduced in the areas.
Ahsanul Kabir Bulu, Chilmari upazila coordinator of the project, said 'Hazol' method has been introduced in the areas so that the char people can get cent percent chicks from the hatched eggs.
Char women are given training on how to make 'Hazol', he said, adding that char people are benefiting by adopting this method for the last one year.
Kurigram District Livestock Officer Abdul Hai Sarkar said char people are getting 100 percent chicks from the hatched eggs using this technology. It is very useful method. People also use the method to hatch the chicks.