Lack of Central Information Management of Cold Storages Leaves 40% of the Storage Facility Unused

Workshop

Cold storage facilities remains unused at several places in spite of excessive demand in other areas calling for a central management of agro storage information- findings came out from discussion among agro experts and stakeholders at a 2 Day Workshop on “Agriculture Value Chain Studies on Jute and Potato” held on 9-10 April 2012 organized by IID in partnership with Lirneasia and Dnet based on their background study on the agricultural supply chain in Bangladesh on Jute and Potato. The discussion also included the quality of the seeds available in Bangladesh and suitability of some of the potato varieties grown for processing and exporting.

Dr Harsha de Silva, Consultant Lead Economist, LIRNEasia presented the background of the study and Efficient and inclusive agriculture in a smallholder world. Ms Nilusha Kapugama, Research Manager, LIRNEasia shared lessons from other value chains studies and Information needs of smallholders: Results from 2011 micro-enterprise survey.

The dissemination workshops were attended by representatives from the government agencies such as Bangladeshi Agriculture Research Institute, Agriculture Information Service (AIS) of Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh, large scale exporters, processors and cold storage providers from the private sector.

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