The livelihood of some wetland farmers is based on water lily farming, which they do for about six to seven months a year. Local farmers take their little boats to fetch water lilies and sell them at the market.
Bangladesh is intertwined with river and canals. The local community never received any message of river-based livelihood system focused towards development. Their only means of livelihood is based on water lily farming, which they do for about six to seven months a year. Local farmers take their little boats to fetch water lily and sell those at the market.
It's a beautiful landscape on water. However, people living here; don't see the same charm in the beauty as outside onlookers do. They don't see any path towards progress. During one season in a year, when the entire area is dried up, the whole place becomes an ocean of paddies; turning it into a sea of greenery. Once the Boro season is gone, farming just slips away from the hands of farmers. The prolonged wait starts- when will the water lilies come out? When will the entire beel be filled with water lilies? The battle for survival starts. Women and children are worst sufferers. Many women fetch water lily to feed their family and stay financially stable. Above all, regularly, they have to eat only water lilies. A group of women in the region regarding their regular intake of water lily.