Dutch Bangla Onion Support

Advance Consulting & partners work together in the Bangladeshi onion sector. Together they supply integrated solutions that aim to produce better quality onions, reduce post-harvest losses leading to reduced onion imports and increased income for onion growers and traders.

Integrated Supply Chain Solutions

The introduction of improved onion seeds, post-harvest handling and storage technologies and business approaches opens up new opportunities for a range of supply chain improvements.

Business cases for onion storage introduced

Onion storage business models are introduced where onion traders have direct control over the storage conditions.

Transfer of Knowledge

Participating growers, traders and other interested stakeholders receive training to ensure that they have the required know-how and skills.

Background

Onion shortages are high in Bangladesh during several months per year (September- December). The shortages result from improper post-harvest handling, cleaning, grading, bagging, transportation and storage of the onions. Also the quality of the harvested onion is often poor. The consortium partners Allround Vegetable Processing BV, Bejo Zaden BV, Waterman Onions BV, Deltadesh Pvt Ltd, Lal Teer Seed Limited and Advance Consulting BV work together to support the development of the onion sector in Bangladesh. Together they aim to produce better quality onions, reduce post-harvest losses, leading to higher net incomes for growers and traders and reduced onion imports.

Advance Consulting is the consortium leader and started the implementation of this three-year project in January 2022. The Government of the Netherlands provides financial support.

What do we do

During the project period (2022-2024) activities are implemented which are centred around the following four different outputs:

The above activities are implemented at the storage facility of the selected local partner Giant Agro and at the demo fields of selected growers:

  • Giant Agro Processing Limited is an agro-based company involved in the production, processing, preservation- storage and marketing of hybrid vegetable seeds. The company developed the online platform ‘Farmers Best’ through which it will market the fresh onions sourced from the growers.

Latest News

Farmer training completed!

Farmer training completed!

On the 25th and 26th of January 2024 trainings were given to the selected onion demo farmers in Faridpur and Pabna for the 2023-2024 season. The farmers received a refresher training on recommended onion cultivation and GAP. The training was facilitated by Lal Teer...

Kick-off of new season!

Kick-off of new season!

On the 18th and 19th of October 2023 trainings were given to the selected onion demo farmers in Pabna and Faridpur for the 2023-2024 season. Some demo farmers also participated last year and some are newly selected farmers. The farmers received training on recommended...

2022/2023 onion growing & harvest season

2022/2023 onion growing & harvest season

During the second half of 2022, in the selected regions Pabna and Faridpur demo locations were set-up where trials with 8 onion varieties were carried out. Five varieties were provided by Bejo Zaden and three by Lal Teer. In Faridpur 13 growers were selected and in...

Allround Vegetable Processing
Allround offers a range of storage, sorting, grading, washing, polishing, brushing, weighing, bagging and material handling lines for vegetables and potatoes. The company has dealerships worldwide, including in Bangladesh. Allround will demonstrate its storage, sorting and grading solutions at the selected onion traders. In addition, the company will provide technical assistance to facilitate the uptake of the demonstrated solutions.
Bejo Zaden

Bejo Zaden is a major horticultural seed supplier with global outreach and experience in Southeast Asia including Bangladesh. Bejo breeds and produces a range of onion varieties suitable for Bangladesh. Together with the local partner Lal Teer, Bejo will set up demonstrations of new onion varieties and provide training to farmers and distributors.

Waterman Onions

Waterman Onions is a leading Dutch onion company, that handles, packages and delivers around 150,000 tonnes of onions across the world each year. The company has expertise in all steps of onion postharvest handling, storing, packaging, distribution and marketing, and will transfer this knowledge to its counterparts in Bangladesh. Waterman Onions will be responsible for training onion sector stakeholders such as medium farmers, traders, storage providers and agriculture extension workers.

Deltadesh Pvt Ltd

Deltadesh is a Dutch-owned private company headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The company is specialized in procurement, contracting and implementation of turn-key projects in different sectors, including agriculture. Deltadesh will act as the local support office and will assist with the data collection for monitoring and evaluation of the project’s progress and impact.

Lal Teer Seed
Lal Teer Seed Limited is the leading vegetable seed supplier in Bangladesh. The company has outstanding technical knowledge of agricultural farming in Bangladesh and, through its field officers, delivers tailor-made advice to farmers all over the country. Lal Teer will supply the seed varieties, set up demonstration units, organise and implement field days and farmer training.
Advance Consulting
Advance Consulting is a Dutch business advisory firm for investments and projects in emerging economies. The company assist government agencies and development organisations on sustainable business development. Advance Consulting is responsible for the overall project coordination and management of the Onion Impact Cluster. In addition, the company will provide technical support on business assessments and financial and economic analyses of new business models in the onion sector.
RVO
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. RVO provides 50% co-funding for the pilot activities implemented with support from the private sector partners.

Address

Deltadesh (Pvt.) Ltd.
Apt. C-1, House 1/A, Road 79, Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
 project @ dutchbanglaonionsupport.com
 + 880 1632 845385