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

Post-Harvest Capacity Building in Bangladesh: The Way Forward

We need to build post-harvest capacity to reduce the losses of our farmers. For that, we need to promote efficient harvesting techniques, storage, and transportation facilities. With enhanced post-harvest capacity, farmers will be better positioned for bargaining a fair price and increase their incomes. This will help intermediaries and other »

Mitigating Loss from Lumpy Skin Disease in Bangladesh

Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), a disease of cattle, is characterized by nodules on the skin and other parts of the body. It is caused by the Lumpy Skin Disease Virus (LSDV) which belongs to the genus Capripoxvirus of the family Poxviridae. LSD’s morbidity rates vary between 10 to 20% »

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 »