Editorials

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

Public Policy backed Seed Potato Innovations

In Bangladesh most of the potatoes have relatively lower dry matter (e.g., 18-19% for the popular Diamant variety). Moreover, the most popular varieties in Bangladesh are susceptible to diseases like late blight, scab and potato viruses which results in increased production cost. To address the above-mentioned issues, ACI Seed »

Corn Harvester to Facilitate Booming Cultivation

The domestic corn market is growing due to increased demand driven by changing food habits of our people, animal feed, and the variety of its uses within agro-processing industries. As the crop generates a higher return, the scope of increasing production is also bigger. However, our farmers still use manual »

Wheat: Quest For High-Yield Variety to Match Rising Demand

The demand for wheat is in the uptrend as the country’s daily consumption of the cereal has gone up from 72 grams in fiscal 2014-15 to 125 grams at present (source: Directorate General of Food, Bangladesh). The increased demand is due to the changing food habits, daily domestic consumption »

Repositioning Our Black Tiger in Global Shrimp Market

The export-oriented shrimp industry of Bangladesh is facing turbulence as the quantity and value of exports declined for consecutive years at a stretch. A strong reason behind this is the rise of cheaper vannamei shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) produced and supplied by other countries. Now we need to reposition our Black »

Innovative Practices Can Ensure Profitable Orchard

Fruit orchard is a growing trend in the agricultural landscape in Bangladesh. Remarkably, our fruit production increased from 87.86 lakh tons in 2006-07, to 1.21 crore tons in 2017-18 attaining 37.71% growth (Source: The Daily Star, 21 May 2019). However, the interaction of plant, soil, and environment »

Improving the FCR for Profitable Broiler Farming

Poultry meat is the cheapest source of protein globally, including Bangladesh. It is reported that only 7% of broiler birds are reared in an integrated system by large private farms in our country. About 50% of our farmers are smallholders (< 3000 bird) and they have a significant contribution to »

Impact of Spraying Foliar Fertilizer on Crop Productivity

Foliar fertilization of crops offers specific advantages over soil-applied fertilizers because the nutrients applied are taken-up directly by their target organs like leaf, stem, flower, and fruit. Moreover, soil nutrients are not always completely available. This is due to leaching, soil fixations, blockages, and other losses. With foliar fertilization, we »

Resistant Variety Development of Potato through Genetic Transformation

Potato (Solanum tuberosum) is known as one of the most sensitive crops in respect to disease infestation, resulting in a large negative impact on yield and tuber quality in Bangladesh. Among all potato diseases, Late Blight (LB) ensued by the pathogen Phytophthora infestans (Mont.) de Bary, causes serious crop damage »

Minimizing Poultry Productivity Loss from Bird Flu (H9N2 Vaccine)

Avian Influenza (AI) is one of the most devastating viral diseases in the poultry industry. In recent years widespread outbreaks of H9N2 infections in poultry have been reported throughout the world. In Bangladesh, LPAIVs of subtype H9N2 co-circulate simultaneously with highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (HPAIVs) of subtype H5N1 in »