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:
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...
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...
Giant Agro Processing was selected as one of the local partners of this cluster project. To formalise the cooperation, an agreement was signed. Giant Agro currently does not have an onion facility but promises to construct a building. The cluster is looking forward to...
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 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 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.