Dutch Bangla Potato Support

Advance Consulting and partners work together in the Bangladeshi potato sector. Together they supply integrated solutions that produce a better quality potato, reduce post-harvest losses, lead to higher net income for potato growers and traders

Integrated Supply Chain Solutions

The introduction of improved seed potatoes, post-harvest handling and storage technologies and business approaches opens up new opportunities for a range of supply chain improvements.

New Storage Business Model

New potato storage business models are introduced where potato traders have direct control over the storage conditions.

Transfer of Knowledge

Participating growers and traders receive training to ensure that they have the required know-how and skills.

Background

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:

  • Rangpur Himagar Pvt Ltd is part of the NAZ Group and is located in North-West Bangladesh, in Rangpur. It is a potato trading company which sells potatoes from its own cold storage on the domestic and export 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 250,000 bags and the facility consists of four rooms of each four 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.
Advance Consulting
Advance Consulting is a Dutch business advisory firm for investments and projects in emerging economies. We assistcompanies and advise government agencies and development organisations on sustainable business development. Advance Consulting is responsible for the overall project coordination and management of the Potato Impact Cluster. In addition, the company will provide technical support on business assessments and financial and economic analyses of new business models in the Bangladesh potato sector.
Agroplant Holland
Agroplant is specialised in the breeding and supply of high-quality, disease-free seed potato varieties. The company offers a wide range of varieties and has been supplying the Diamant variety to Bangladesh since 2005 and the Metro variety since 2016. Agroplant will supply high-quality, disease-free Diamant and Metro seed potatoes and technical support to the potato growers participating in the pilot.
Verbruggen Palletizing Solutions
Verbruggen Palletizing Solutions is an Innovative Dutch company with over 25 years experience in developing efficient, long lasting palletizers. The company is active in 36 different countries and has branch offices in the USA and Bangladesh. Verbruggen will demonstrate a state-of-the-art palletizer at the selected potato trader and technical staff will provide training and coaching support.
Allround Vegetable Processing
Allround offers a range of storage, sorting, grading, washing, polishing, brushing, weighing, bagging and material handling lines for vegetables and potatoes. The company has dealerships worldwide, including in Bangladesh. Allround will demonstrate its storage, sorting and grading solutions at the selected potato traders. In addition, the company will provide technical assistance to facilitate the uptake of the demonstrated solutions.
Deltadesh Pvt Ltd
Deltadesh is a Dutch-owned private company headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The company is specialized in procurement, contracting and implementation of turn-key projects in different sectors, including agriculture. Deltadesh will act as the local support office and will assist with the data collection for monitoring and evaluation of the project’s progress and impact.
RVO
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. RVO provides 50% co-funding for the pilot activities implemented with support from the private sector partners.

Address
Deltadesh (Pvt.) Ltd.
Apt. C-1, House 1/A, Road 79, Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
info@dutchbanglapotatosupport.com
+ 880 1616 661706