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