Project final report

Commercialization of smallholders' CA-based planters in Bangladesh - Final report

Date released
22 December 2021
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Prof Dr Richard W. Bell and Dr Md Enamul Haque (Eds)

Co-authors: Md Mizanul Hoque, Dr Md Hamidul Islam, Md Ali Haider Mortuza, Md Liakot Ali Khan


This project aimed to enable the business of mechanised planting and the demand for Versatile Multi-crop Planters to reach a scale where no further specific public funding is needed to ensure that the services continue growing and being delivered in Bangladesh.

The project identified policy level bottlenecks and barriers to the adoption of CA and mechanised planting (including gender impacts); and pilot tested two commercialisation models for scale out of the CA-based planter which are needed at this critical juncture to advance the CA-based mechanisation program for smallholders in Bangladesh.

Project Outcomes

  • Identified gaps in policy, capacity, and roadblocks for the adoption of CA-based farm mechanization on small farms.
  • Evaluated commercialization models for smallholders' 2-wheel-tractor-operated CA-based farm machinery (e.g. Versatile Multi-crop Planters).
  • Assessed opportunities and the scope for 4-wheel tractor planters on small farms; and initiated research on and testing of appropriate 4-wheel tractor-based CA (strip) planters.

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