Provide growers, traders, input suppliers access to training and information

Background

Over the past decades Bangladeshi Government and internationally donor funded projects focused particularly on promoting cultivation improvements in the potato sector. Knowledge and experience in the potato sector on post-harvest handling and storage is still limited.

It is important that the production and storage practices recommended by project experts are disseminated. Growers and traders should have the necessary know-how and skills to be able to contribute to reduced post-harvest losses. Knowledge transfer is therefore crucial.

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What do we do?

New potato storage business models are needed where the owners of the potatoes have direct control over the storage conditions. This enables them to add value to the produce and extend the marketing season of the potatoes. The economic and financial viability of the new models needs to be assessed.

The following activities are implemented during the project period:

  • Training and information materials on potato cultivation and post-harvest handling / storage practices are developed.
  • Training and technical support of:
  • Field days are organised in villages with potato demonstration fields for growers, input suppliers, extension staff and other service providers (including local banks and credit organisations).
  • Open days are organised at Rangpur Himagar Pvt Ltd and Salamin Foods Ltd for interested parties in improved handling and storage solutions. This will facilitate the commercial uptake of the Dutch technologies.
  • Training-of-trainer modules are developed and implemented to enable input suppliers, extension staff and other service providers to further disseminate the recommended potato cultivation and handling practices.

All consortium partners are involved in implementing these activities.

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