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Journal of Food Quality
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 2045157, 23 pages
Research Article

Effect of Salinity Intrusion on Food Crops, Livestock, and Fish Species at Kalapara Coastal Belt in Bangladesh

1Department of Environmental Science, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Gazipur 1706, Bangladesh
2Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6420, USA
3Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-3615, USA
4Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, BSMRAU, Gazipur 1706, Bangladesh
5Soil and Environment Section, Biological Research Division, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) Laboratories, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Correspondence should be addressed to Mohammad Zahangeer Alam

Received 8 April 2017; Revised 11 July 2017; Accepted 7 August 2017; Published 27 September 2017

Academic Editor: Jesús Lozano

Copyright © 2017 Mohammad Zahangeer Alam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Salinity has caused significant negative effects on agricultural production. This research is focused on the vulnerabilities of soil and water salinities on crop, fish, and livestock production across the Kalapara coastal belt of Bangladesh. Several parameters were measured as indicators of salinity. The electrical conductivity of water was found to be significant with TDS, F, Cl, , Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, , and . Chloride was found to be identical with , Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Br, and . Electrical conductivity, F, Cl, , Na+, K+, and Mg2+ were all found to be higher than the recommended values. Similarly, soil conductivity was found significant with TDS, Cl, , Na+, F, , , and . Chloride in soil samples was found statistically identical with , Na+, , and . About 200 ha fodder crops areas are affected each year due to salinity. Ninety-two percent of the areas were found to be salinity affected in the 36 current cropping patterns. Twelve percent of marine fish and 25 percent of shrimp species have disappeared as a result of salinity. The negative impact of soil and water salinity on crops, fish, and livestock has been increasing in this coastal belt.