Editorials

Editorials by Dr. F H Ansarey, Managing Director and CEO of ACI Agribusiness.

Scope of Industrial Potato Seed Variety

Currently Bangladesh is producing more than 10 million tons of potato of which most are table potato. In recent times, there has been an increased demand of potato based ready-to-eat snacks due to change in food habit and rapid growth in urban population. Industrial potato varieties are the type of »

Fighting the Hidden Enemy of Our Poultry Industry

H9N2 Avian Influenza Virus (AIV), a subtype of Influenza A virus, has been one of the most devastating viral diseases in our country’s poultry industry since 2009. It is a widely distributed low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) virus with high economic significance. Unlike High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), it »

PPP Breeding Is The Future For Rice

ACI, as the first private sector organization, started rice research in 2006. ACI has made MoU with Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and Rajshahi University (Rajshahi Bishawbiddaloy = Rabi) in a PPP mode to enter into a variety release system for ACI products. As a result, an outstanding product of ACI (IR »

Fertile Embryo Transfer: Worldwide Adoption and Prospect in Bangladesh

Embryo Transfer (ET) in cattle has gained popularity and is adopted worldwide with dairy and beef producers due to its potential in exploiting the genetics for breeding better offspring. Embryo transfer is an assisted reproduction process consisting two major components: generating and then obtaining (flushing) the embryos from a donor »

The Curious Case of Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh

Bangladesh was the first country in South Asia to allow a genetically modified food crop. Since its beginning with only 20 farmers in 2014, there are now more than 27,000 smallholders all across the country who have adopted Bt Brinjal. Though the initial reason behind developing Bt Brinjal was »

Rupali: Bringing AI & IoT for Aquaculture Farmers

ACI Agribusiness, the leading aggregator of Agri-inputs in Bangladesh has launched Rupali in collaboration with World Fish & DoF. Rupali has been hailed as a welcome change in the aquaculture ecosystem which has been beset with numerous problems that served as potential drawbacks to achieving optimum growth. Through the use »

Agriculture 4.0, facing the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is the ongoing and upcoming changes in the way we live and work through the convergence of disruptive technologies. Such technologies include Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) etc. Industries such as hotel, taxi, education, »

Sensor Driven Harvester & Transplanter to Fulfill the Mechanization Need

Rice production cost of Bangladesh is relatively higher than other neighbouring countries. Reason behind this is, farmers face lots of challenges during the season of harvesting besides hostile and inclement weather. Scarcity of harvest labours is a serious concern. Apart from that, soil condition is not the same in various »

Transform Rice to a Cash Crop through Diversified Use

Rice is the staple food and served as the main meal in Bangladesh. However, each person consumes 367 grams of the staple daily, down by 11 percent from 416gm in 2010, according to a latest report of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES). Globally, rice is being utilized as »

Precision Agriculture can increase Farmer Income

Precision agriculture (PA) ensures that crops and soil receive exactly what they need for optimum health and productivity through using modern information technology. The goal of PA is to ensure profitability, sustainability and environment protection. PA is also known as satellite agriculture, as-needed farming and site-specific crop management. Techno Farm »

Adoption of GM Crops is a key to safe food production

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms that have been altered using genetic engineering methods. Today’s GMO crops are developed with specific benefits in mind, both for the farmers and the consumers. Although genetic engineering is a common and essential practice in biotechnology, its specific use in crops is still »