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

Nano Urea: Advancing Crop Nutrition for Efficiency & Sustainability

Nano Urea, developed using Nanotechnology, marks a significant advancement in nutrient delivery systems. It offers precise nutrient doses to crops, minimizing waste and environmental impact. In Bangladesh, where Urea demand is 2.9 million tons (source: BRRI), mostly for rice cultivation, Nano Urea presents a promising alternative to traditional methods, »

Agri-Apps for Agricultural Equipment Rental Services

The dwindling size of farms in Bangladesh is a major challenge for our farmers to own and operate expensive agricultural equipment cost-effectively. For example, the per farm operated area in Bangladesh reduced to 1.29 acres from 1.47 acres between 2009 and 2019 (source: Agriculture Census 2019, Bangladesh Bureau »

The Imperative of Introducing Beef Breeds in Bangladesh

Bangladesh produces 87.10 Lakh Metric Ton meat annually against a demand of 76.08 Lakh Metric Ton of which beef accounts for the majority of meat (49.8% of total meat) (Source: Livestock Economy at a Glance 2022-23, Department of Livestock Services – DLS). However, the high cost of beef »

Creating Wealth through Superior Genetic Traits

In the vibrant agricultural landscape of Bangladesh, we can create wealth for livestock farmers with the transformative impact of high-quality semen ensuring superior genetic traits. By enhancing the market value of calves and ensuring the prosperity of farmers, this approach offers a promising solution amidst the economic challenges faced by »

Rice-Based Snacks: A Global Opportunity Rooted in Bangladesh's Culinary Tradition

In Bangladesh, the processed food and ready-made snack industry heavily relies on imported raw materials like wheat, oil, and sugar. However, street foods in Bangladesh predominantly revolve around rice-based delicacies. It reflects the deep-rooted culinary tradition and the widespread popularity of such snacks. Therefore, rice, the locally produced staple, presents »

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. »