Demonstration of improved Dutch storage, sorting and packaging technologies

Background

There is a lack of adequate quality potato storages in Bangladesh. Most traditional storages are multi-story buildings, where potatoes are stored in jute bags which block the flow of air and prevent proper inspection of the potatoes. The design of these storages often does not allow for adequate control of temperature, humidity and CO2 levels. In addition, in most of the available storages, sorting and packaging is done manually. The unsuitable storage facilities and lack of knowledge on quality storage and proper handling of potatoes lead to avoidable losses of volume and quality during storage.

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What do we do?

Improved storage, sorting and packaging technologies and increased knowledge are needed that contribute to reduced post-harvest losses. The following activities are therefore implemented during the project period:

  • Based on established criteria, two business partners were selected where the improved technologies are demonstrated:
    Rangpur Himagar Pvt. Ltd;
    Salamin Foods Ltd.
    The financial and economic feasibility of the improved storage performance was a precondition for their participation.
  • The custom-made storage, sorting and packaging equipment is demonstrated at the two selected locations.
  • The storage conditions are monitored by using sensors and coaching the storage managers.
  • The operational and economic performance of the selected storage facilities is monitored and reported on. The results demonstrate whether the new introduced business models contribute to reduced post-harvest losses and increase grower income.
  • The results are disseminated to relevant stakeholders.

The activities are implemented by Verbruggen and Allround with local support from Deltadesh.

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