The red stars indicate the Grameen Intel projects in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is a country with a rich history in agricultural production. The beautiful sights of rice fields and yellow mustard fields for the traveler across the country sides are vital in providing the country with staple food.
A farmer’s land is the only income source of the farmer, and the soil nutrients are key to his success. There is often the misconception about economic development taking place whenever there is a decline in the growth of the agricultural sector and a growth in manufacturing sector. But for a country like Bangladesh, complimentary growth must exist, and the 2 sectors should grow together. Often the farmer’s in Bangladesh are having a poor yield in crop harvest, only because of their lack of access to adequate information regarding the use of basic inputs in farming. The goal of Project Harvest is to address this issue by providing fertilizer recommendations using ‘mrittikā’ a software introduced by Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd (GISB).
Based on soil tests of a farmer’s land, mrittikā provides recommendation on the different blends of fertilizers a farmer should use in their land based on the type of crop, the level of land, irrigation cycles and various other parameters.
Currently, Grameen Intel’s agricultural products are operated in around 4o locations in Bangladesh with national and international partner organizations and clients. Our partners and clients are including IDE Bangladesh, Solidaridad Network Asia, HELVETAS Swiss Incorporation Bangladesh, Practical Action Bangladesh, ACI Fertilizer Ltd., Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd., Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra, Rural Reconstruction Foundation and Gono Unnayan Kendra.
At a project with Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd. in Rangpur district of Bangladesh, four farmers were able to get better yield after using mrittikā’s recommendations. The farmers obtained 21% increase in yield per decimal using mrittikā’s recommendations. The average yield per decimal was 20.52 kg, while it was 17 kg during the previous year. At the same time, the farmers experienced significant decrease by 47% in fertilizer expense. The average fertilizer expense per decimal using mrittikā’s recommendation was BDT 15.6 while the fertilizer expense per decimal was BDT 29.4 in the previous year.