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  • Video Informatory: Improved Potato Farming Yields Results in Bangladesh

  • Voice-over:

  • Meet Southwest Bangladesh, a remote and extremely impoverished area separated from the rest

  • of the country by large rivers.

  • Here, there is a small village, Bokundia, where the use of modern technology and technical

  • know-how has made a significant positive-change to the lives of the local farmers.

  • Shawkat Ali / Farmer:

  • �I used to get 40 to 50 maunds potato per bigha of land, now I am getting 100 maunds.

  • Isn�t it more profitable? I then invested 80,000 taka for 8 bighas of land, but am expecting

  • a return of 200,000 taka, after deducting my costs.�

  • Voice-over:

  • Behind this success, there is a story of a business � a business that struggled for

  • almost a decade to produce quality potato seeds.

  • Even though the business struggled, they knew that there was potential for increased potato

  • yields. All they needed to overcome this challenge was a regular supply of quality seed, and

  • some technical assistance. Change began when they met USAID in 2008.

  • Md. Nur Alam Liton /Managing Director, Konika Seed Company:

  • USAID linked me with RDA Bogra. They trained our technical persons on tissue culture and

  • production of breeder seeds. Then we were able to start producing quality breeder seed

  • from pre-breeder seed.�

  • Voice-over:

  • USAID provided the local contract farmers with technical assistance that created a wave

  • of change to the region and helped significantly improve potato yields.

  • In addition, USAID linked the farmers to local markets. They developed an effective strategy

  • and network that allowed an improved seed variety to become widely available within

  • 5 years.

  • Md. Nur Alam Liton /Managing Director, Konika Seed Company:

  • As an enterprise, Konika Seed is benefited by producing quality seeds and improved marketing

  • opportunities. Farmers are benefited as they have an assured place to sell their produce.

  • And the technical support is there too.�

  • Voice-over:

  • In this time, the once struggling business realized a 900% increase in potato production

  • and an 800% increase in sales!

  • Not only did business improve, but the success spread throughout the area with the number

  • of contract farmers doubling and potato production increasing.

  • This is a story of associationsassociation of business with technology, knowledge and

  • markets.

  • USAID: linking prosperity to farmers of southwest Bangladesh.

Video Informatory: Improved Potato Farming Yields Results in Bangladesh

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