Post-harvest losses are high in the Bangladeshi potato sector. The losses result from improper post-harvest handling, cleaning, grading, bagging, transportation and storage of the potatoes. Also the quality of the harvested potato is often poor. The consortium partners Verbruggen Palletizing Solutions BV, Allround Vegetable Processing BV, Agroplant Holland BV, Deltadesh Pvt Ltd and Advance Consulting work together to support the development of the potato sector in Bangladesh. Together they aim to reduce post-harvest losses, leading to higher net incomes for potato growers and traders.
Advance Consulting is the consortium leader and started the implementation of this three-year project in January 2019. The Government of the Netherlands provides financial support.
What do we do
The introduction of better post- harvest handling, storage technologies and business approaches opens up new opportunities for a range of supply chain improvements. This includes the uptake of improved seed potatoes and other yield improving factors, expansion of the potato processing industry and increasing potato exports.
To demonstrate this expected impact, activities are implemented which are centred around the following four different outputs:
The above activities are implemented at two identified potato trading companies together with their associated growers:
- Sathi Himagar Ltd is part of the Sathi Fresh Group and is located in n North-west Bangladesh; in Sondharoi, Ranisankail, Thakurgaon. The company was constructed in 2020 and at this moment offers cold storage services to potato growers and traders. Sathi Himagar has the intention to start selling potatoes from its own cold storage on the domestic and export market and the project contributes to achieving this. The current capacity of the storage facility is 16,000 tons and the facility consists of four rooms of each five levels.
- Salamin Foods Ltd is part of the Sathi Fresh group and is located in North-West Bangladesh, in Joypurhat. It is a potato trading company which sells potatoes from its own cold storage on the domestic market. In addition, the company offers cold storage services to potato growers and traders who pay storage rent. The capacity of the storage facility is 150,000 bags and the facility consists of four rooms.
During the first week of March 2021, at local partner Salamin Foods, the processing line was installed and one of the storage rooms was upgraded.I In addition, in the upgraded storage room remote sensors were placed for easy data monitoring and evaluation....
During the second half of 2020, each of the 9 selected potato growers received 850 kg of improved seed potatoes from Agroplant for free (400 kg of Diamant and 450 kg of Metro variety). The traditional own harvested Diamant seed potatoes are supplied by the growers...
In March 2021, Advance Consulting, Allround and Deltadesh visited the potato storage Sathi Himagar located in North-west Bangladesh; in Sondharoi, Thakurgaon. The brand new potato storage facility, part of the Sathi Fresh group, was constructed in 2020 and offers cold...