Economic growth, rising incomes, and urbanization have led to a growing domestic demand for fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices that vastly exceeds current supplies, making Bangladesh a net importer of horticultural products. Some 10 million farmers participate in the value chain, and significant growth opportunities exist for processed fruits and vegetables in the domestic market. The growing gap between demand and supply for Bangladeshi horticultural products presents enormous opportunities to expand production, generate income, and create jobs throughout the value chain. PRICE works to improve the domestic supply and export potential in particular of three key horticultural crops: potato, eggplant and mango. The project implements targeted interventions to remove production constraints, increase sales, and spur industry-wide growth. Thus far, PRICE interventions have reached over 7,000 farmers and generated about 3,079 new jobs and $ 8.8 million in additional sales. Safe vegetable and fruit production has been promoted by encouraging the use of biological controls and the avoidance of harmful chemicals, and farmers have been linked directly to markets.
1. Low Productivity
Although most horticulture produce in Bangladesh is of good quality, farmers are unable to meet market demand due to low productivity at the farm level. Horticulture crop producers are mostly poor and their lack of knowledge and inability in access to information regarding best farm practices are among the main reasons behind the low yields. PRICE has taken several interventions to address this issue:
PRICE is promoting the use of quality seeds. Read more …
PRICE is facilitating training on modern farming techniques. Read more …
2. High Post Harvest Losses
Poor post harvest handling, including poor packaging, absence of efficient cool chain management systems, lack of quality control and inadequate transport, leads to large losses within the sector. Post-harvest losses in the horticulture sector are estimated at 25 to 40 percent, depending on the crop. PRICE has taken initiatives to tackle this issue and help farmers increase their incomes by reducing post harvest losses. Read more ….
3. Inadequate Compliance
Poor compliance with food safety and quality standards is a huge roadblock to the development of the sector. PRICE is working with its partners to implement initiatives to address these issues. As such PRICE is promoting safe vegetable production and facilitating capacity building for compliance. Read more …..
4. Poor Market Linkages