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PRAN starts potato exporting for second year   PRAN, a processed food company in Bangladesh, has started exporting potatoes for the second year, setting the export target for this year at 20,000 tonnes. The first consignment of 52 tonnes of potatoes was sent to Malaysia on February 9 through Chittagong port, said a press release today. The potatoes are grown by PRAN’s contract farmers. Now, PRAN ... Read More »

Organic fertilisers increase crop production by 15 per cent: Experts

Rangpur Correspondent Application of organic fertilisers like composts, vermin-composts and green manure can increase crop production by 15 per cent reducing use of chemical fertilisers side by side with substantially improving soil health According to experts, demand of organic fertilisers and green manure has been increasing as the farmers purchase those for applying in crop fields to get increase crop ... Read More »

Arum farming gains momentum in Narsingdi on high demand in overseas

Armu Farming Pic

 M.A. Awal, Narsingdi Arum, locally known as Latiraj Kochu has created a new source for the people of Narsingdi as it is in high demand in overseas markets. Farmers have been cultivating in different areas of the district including of Kachikata, Khedirpur, har Manddaliya, Hatirdiya of Monohardi upazila, Shayednagar, Putia, Baroterkandi, Shadarchar, Bagabo, Brahmondi, Noadia, Lampur of Shibpur upazila and ... Read More »

HarvestPlus recognises global food innovator

IRRI Harvest,

Agri Desk HarvestPlus was one of 12 innovators selected from a pool of 280 applicants from 74 countries. Innovators will come together on March 28-29 at the LAUNCH Forum in San Francisco, where they will receive tailored feedback, creative support, and opportunities for funding. LAUNCH was founded in 2009 by NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of ... Read More »

PRAN Dairy, Oxfam tie up for women dairy producers

Women Desk PRAN Dairy Limited (PDL) and Oxfam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to install two milk chilling plants in Rangpur and Gaibandha districts. PDL Chief Operating Officer M Muniruzzaman and M B Akhter, Programme Director of Oxfam signed the MoU on behalf of the respective organizations at Oxfam Bangladesh Country Office recently, said a press release today. PDL-Oxfam ... Read More »

Dr Bashar elected President of PBGSB

bashar Dr  M Khairul Bashar, Country Manager HarvestPlus-Bangladesh has been elected as the President of Plant Breeding and Genetics Society of Bangladesh for 2017-18, says a press release. “Plant Breeding and Genetics Society of Bangladesh” (PBGSB) was formed in 1985. Being a rice breeder, working for Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Dr. Bashar joined the society as one of the opening members. Plant ... Read More »

Food grain production increase by 13 pc in six years

 Agriculture Desk Bangladesh witnesses increased production of three major food grains by 13% in the past six years with rice yield showing a growth of 8.59 percent to strengthen further the food security, according to latest official statistics. “If you analyze the figures in the past six years since 2009-2010, rice production grew by 8.59 percent, wheat by 43.96 percent ... Read More »

Increase agricultural productivity to eradicate poverty: Abul Barkat With increasing agricultural productivity, farmers must have smooth access to markets to get proper benefit of their crops production. “If we want to eradicate poverty, growers should be given fair prices of their produced crops,” Abul Barkat, professor, Department of Economics of Dhaka University told a meeting at BRAC Inn centre yesterday (Tuesday). “Although agriculture production has increased in ... Read More »

Govt fixes Aman procurement rate at Tk 33 per kg

The government plans to procure an additional 100,000 tonnes of Aman rice to strengthen the country’s buffer stocks, reports  Food Minister Qamrul Islam told reporters at the Secretariat that the government will procure 300,000 tonnes of Aman rice, 100,000 tonnes more than procurement during the last Aman season. The procurement will take place between Dec 1 and Mar 15. ... Read More »

Boro production declines

boro Boro paddy production declined last season after years of consistent rise as many farmers, frustrated by the low prices of paddy, cut back on plantation and switched to other crops. Boro output , which accounts for 55 percent of the total annual production, fell 1.32 percent from a year earlier to 189.38 lakh tonnes during the production year of ... Read More »