Input marketing and management system in relation to food security in coastal region of Bangladesh

Research Grant Reports
[Final Report CF # 11/07]

A study was undertaken to identify the delivery mechanisms and evaluate the efficiency of marketing system of inputs, assessing, assessing the variation of prices of inputs by years, seasons and different levels of markets and prioritization of research needs and suggestions for policy makers in order to improve the existing systems for future food security, specially in the coastal area during October 2007 to August 2008. Primary data were collected from two upazilas of Noakhali district using interview schedule, FGD, case studies and secondary data were collected from different reports, journals, periodicals, browsing internets, the daily news and personal communications. Considering the problems at the study area like high transportation cost of fertilizer, impractical  high transportation cost of fertilizer, lack of storage facility of fertilizer for dealer, price fluctuation of fertilizers, fertilizer distribution system, hoarding of fertilizer by some dishonest dealers in the peak season, absence of BADC in Hatiya,  scarcity of quality seeds, availability of Indian pesticides in the market, fail to supply necessary pesticides during peak period and low quality pesticides etc., some policy suggestions were made. Fertilizers must reach at dealers level at least 15 days earlier during each crop season, buffer stocking of fertilizer by BADC & BCIC, scheduling upazila wise fertilizer requirement, subsidy on fertilizers, proper distribution arrangements of fertilizer, fair dealers selection, establishment a BADC farm in the Hatiya, following rules and regulation for seed monitoring, training facilities to the traders and the farmers, supply pesticides according to the demand of the market by the companies, stop smuggling, dealership license should be issued only to the qualified traders etc.

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Dec 2009
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