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

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 »

High Precision Combine Harvester can bring Only Profitable Harvesting

The human labor-based harvesting model in our country has at least three significant drawbacks: slower operational speed, increasingly higher wages, and more crop wastages leading to costlier inefficiencies. Additionally, it is estimated that there is 40% labor shortage during harvesting season. To meet these gaps, combine harvester is taking an »

COVID-19 and Beyond: Navigating through Hurdles for Food Security

As the impacts are still unfolding, the social and economic costs of COVID-19 will be enormous. Ongoing protectionist measures around the globe are affecting agriculture and food directly. Temporary export ban of rice by Vietnam (world's third-biggest rice exporter) and suspension of wheat export by Kazakhstan (a major source of »

Transformation of Dairy Industry through Embryo Transfer

The key edge of using Embryo Transfer (ET) technology in Cattle is that it multiplies the success of breeding from elite females by reproducing more offspring. Clearly, ET can increase cow’s reproductive efficiency, allowing it to have numerous calves per year instead of usual 6-7 calves within its lifetime. »

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 »