Improving sustainability of strawberry production in Bangladesh

Improving sustainability of strawberry production in Bangladesh through adopting low cost pest management methods and value-added products by small holder producers

Objectives:

  • To find low cost pest management options for two major strawberry diseases using locally available raw materials along with improved cultural practices.
  • To produce nursery stock in a safer environment and reduce the cost of planting stock and thereby expanding the profit of small holder producers.
  • To train growers on post harvest cooling for marketing and preparation of value added products such as jam, jelly, preservers and strawberry yogurt.
  • To enhance technical knowledge of growers and extension personnel to steady production and supply of strawberry for consumption of general public in Bangladesh
  • To enhanced profit from the produces and empowered smallholder women as the future farming and value added producer community
  • The project outcome will contribute to the sustainability of strawberry production and alleviate poverty and malnutrition in Bangladesh.

Funding Agency: USDA

Collaborators: BSMRAU-WVU

Principal investigators:

  • Dr. Md. Mahfuzur Rahman (WVU, USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Md. Tofazzal Islam (BSMRAU)

Other collaborators:

  • Dr. Md. Sayedur Rahman, Agriculture Officer, DAE, Gajipur
  • Mr. Talib Basher Nayan, Executive Director, Unnayan Dhara

 

Total grant: $ 25, 177 (US)

Duration: 2 years

Cooperative farmers:

  • Ms. Alia Akter, Baupara, Veembazar, Masterbari, Gazipur
  • Ms. jasmeen Akter, Baupara, Veembazar, Masterbari, Gazipur
  • Ms. Rumana Akter, R.P. Gate, Rajendrapur, Gazipur
  • Ms. Kohinur Begum, Pubile Bus stand, Pubile, gazipur

Achievements