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Tracing Guide of Agricultural Features in Bangladesh

Landuse = Farmyard (Gher)

A gher is a farming system widely practiced in the southwestern region of Bangladesh. It is an efficient and diversified farming system that produces a staple food crop (rice and fish) in conjunction with a high value cash crop (prawn). Gher’s are located in low lying areas and are prone to seasonal flooding. Farmers use gher's to adjust their crops accordingly to complement seasonal weather patterns.


A gher can be almost any shape or size, and is identified by water catchments or ponds with mounds of earth in between them. The high areas between the ponds or water catchments are where crops can be grown.

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Natural = Water; Water = Pond (Homestead water body)

Natural = Water; Water = Pond (Homestead water body): A homestead water body is a man-made water catchment located near buildings and houses. Water color will vary greatly depending on the purpose of the homestead water body.

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Waterway = Riverbank (Coastlines & River Areas)

' Most of the large river area coastline in this region were not collected by hand and are incorrect. River sections can easily be adjusted by moving each node.

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Waterway = Ditch (Khal)

A ditch is a small to medium depression built to channel water. In this region ditches are used to manage water resources for agriculture purposes. Ditches usually flow to or from a larger body of water, such as a river or large pond.

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Buildings in this region are typically one story structures constructed from concrete or bamboo and have metal or thatch roofs. Common building types in this region include, but are not limited to: homes, health clinics, schools, mosques, temples, shops, rice mills, livestock shelters.

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