Emran Hossain Emon, OnushondhanNews:
The northern entrances of Bogra and Sirajganj districts have numerous shelves on the banks of the river Jamuna. Chhan or kashbon is born naturally in every char. It does not require any care. Flowers bloom as soon as autumn comes. Kashful swayed in the wind and danced. Gives joy to nature lovers. After the prescribed time, when the kash flower falls, its tree dries up and turns into data.
Locally the kash tree is called chan. This Chhan is cut off but reborn naturally. At one time the local people used to collect weeds as cattle food. Now with time, various kinds of fancy household items are being made with this chhan. Therefore, this has created new employment opportunities in rural areas.
According to local sources, Boishakhi, Radhannagar of Bogra, Aolakandi Bohail, Dharabarsha of Sariakandi Upazila, Maizbari, Shubhgachha, Khasrajbari, Natuarpara, Tekani, Nishchintpur, Chargirish, and Mansurnagar of Kazipur Upazila. About many years ago, these huts were used to build houses for the poor people of Jamuna Char. At present, with these sieves, various visually pleasing fancy items including baskets, baskets, and brooms are being made. To make women self-reliant, various NGOs are also imparting training in making handicraft products. These products made by women are being sold in the country’s market as well as being exported abroad. Due to the commercial demand of chhan has also increased.
Jamila Begum, Jamal Uddin, Rahima Begum, and Chan Mia of Dhunat’s Baishakhi Char said that the people of the char area make a living by fighting with the Jamuna in various ways. Every morning everyone is looking for a small livelihood. Return home after work in the evening.
They said that they cut the chhan from the char and brought it in a boat and deposited it in a place where there is a road. After drying, they are tied up and taken to various vehicles, including horse-drawn carriages, for sale. Each worker is paid Rs. 3 to 4 per bale till he reaches the Dock. By doing this, a worker earns 500 to 700 rupees a day.
Sharif Ahmed, a wholesaler of chhan in Dhunat’s Saharabari village, said he buys chhan from the char areas of Jamuna river in Dhunat, Kazipur, and Sariakandi Upazilas on a bigha contract. Later we cut them with female and male workers and deposited them in the boat. From there I am selling wholesale in various handicraft factories of the country including Sherpur in Bogra.
Each seed is sold at Rs 10 to Rs 15 depending on the type. Various materials of Bahari design are being made with these chars. Apart from different parts of the country, they are also being exported abroad. In this way, at this time of the year, many char areas People are dependent on chhan.