Editorials by Dr. F H Ansarey, President, ACI Agribusinesses Division.

Year-Round Onion Variety Can Help to Bridge the Production Gap

Bangladesh is mostly dependent on locally cultivated winter onions to supply its annual demand of about 3.5 million metric tons (MT). Nonetheless, the current production is around 2.5–2.6 million MT, which is grown on 237,000 hectares of land. To address the current demand the country »

AI and IOT in Agriculture: Sensor-aided Yield Mapping for Data-driven Decisions

Yield sensors can provide valuable insights into crop productivity. They can collect data during the harvesting process, capturing information on yield amounts, fuel consumption, and working areas for the harvester. Using statistical analysis and yield mapping techniques, we can gain a comprehensive understanding of our crops’ productivity. Through a combination »

Smart Assist Remote: Revolutionizing Harvesting, Promoting Entrepreneurship

Yanmar Combine Harvesters, introduced by ACI Motors in Bangladesh, has pioneered the Smart Assist Remote (SA-R) technology in the country. SA-R is revolutionizing the way farmers and operators manage harvesting operations. This technology offers numerous intelligent features, such as remote access to machines, comprehensive after-sales service, and efficient monitoring and »

Biodegradable Plastic: A Green Bio-based Technology for Sustainable Future

We use mulch to conserve soil moisture, improve fertility and health of the soil, reduce weed growth and enhance the visual appeal of the area. Now, biodegradable mulch films can be an ideal alternative to conventional plastic mulch to reduce plastic waste. These films are designed to naturally break down »

Gene Editing in Agriculture: Unlocking Opportunities for Sustainable Bangladesh

By precisely modifying the genetic makeup of plants, gene editing technologies have emerged as a revolutionary tool in agriculture, offering immense potential that enables scientists to enhance desirable traits, improve crop yields, and develop resistance against diseases and pests. The benefits of gene editing in agriculture are significant. It enables »

Unleashing Artificial Intelligence for Crop Disease Detection and Control

We are expected to feed 9.7 billion people by 2050 in earth (Source: UNDESA). So, novel solutions such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are urgently needed to safeguard crops and assure food security. Because Low-cost AI tools can transform agriculture through early identification and management of crop diseases and pests. »

Integrated Orchard Management: Planning for Long-Term Success

Integrated Orchard Management: Planning for Long-Term Success Establishing an orchard is a long-term process that requires extensive planning and investment. An integrated orchard is a diversified mix of fruit and multi-purpose plants growing together that contains a wide variety to be more productive and sustainable. On the other hand, an »

Should we adopt More Modern Greenhouses?

In recent decades, the greenhouse industry has evolved from small-scale research or aesthetic facilities (i.e. botanic gardens) to much larger-scale industrial facilities. Currently the global greenhouse market produces nearly US$350 billion in vegetables per year. The industry may compete directly with land-based conventional food production. In Bangladesh, greenhouses »

Agricultural Drone: Next Generation Safe & Precision Farming

Agricultural drones can make our farming safe and precise. The prime role these drones will play is in the application of fertilizer, pesticides and nutrients including the liquid and foliar ones. Such applications are not only precise but also efficient. Our farmers will be saved from health hazards caused by »