Improved potato quality and productivity

Background

Productivity and quality of the potatoes in Bangladesh is affected in particular by the quality of the seed potatoes, and pest and disease levels. The potato growers often lack skills of pre and post-harvest management and disease control during cultivation. Currently, only 5 percent of the total seed requirement in the Bangladesh is met by certified high-quality, disease-free seed potatoes supplied by both the private and public sector. The remaining 95 percent is being met by small tubers harvested by the growers themselves. These tubers are then used as planting material during the next season. These low-quality potatoes are often affected by various bacterial, viral and fungal diseases which cause yield loss and deteriorate the storability of the potatoes.

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Annex 6, 23-01-2020

What do we do?

potato qualityGrowers’ access to high-quality, disease- free seed potatoes and their improved knowhow and practices related to crop health needs, improve the storability and value adding capacities of the potatoes.

The following activities are therefore implemented during the project period:

  • Demonstration fields are established at 9 selected sites in North-West Bangladesh.
  • The 9 participating potato growers are supplied with Dutch high-quality, disease-free seed potatoes of the Metro and Diamant variety. The seeds are supplied for free to the growers by consortium partner Agroplant Holland BV. Each demo field is 1.5 acres of which:
  • 0.5 acre is planted with Dutch seed potatoes of the Metro variety;
  • 0.5 acre is planted with Dutch seed potatoes of the improved Diamant variety;
  • 0.5 acre is planted with growers’ own locally harvested seed potatoes of the Diamant variety.

The demonstrations are implemented during two consecutive years as a dry-season crop in rotation with rice and other Kharif crops.

  • During several stages of the cultivation cycle and after harvesting participating potato growers receive technical support and training on:
  • prevention of pests and diseases and effective control where necessary;
  • proper harvesting and recommended post-harvest handling, the initial grading, packing and transport.
  • The results at each demonstration field are monitored and assessed.

The activities are implemented by Agroplant 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