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|Loan Name||Northwest Crop Diversification Project|
|Project Number||32193- 01|
|Source of Funding/Amount[Closed]||
|Sector/Subsector||Agriculture and Natural Resources / Agricultural Production and Markets|
|Description||The major objective is to increase production and marketing of high value crops (HVCs) in the northwest region of Bangladesh. The major components are: (i) training and extension, (ii) farmer mobilization and credit, (iii) marketing support, (iv) adaptive research, (v) support for project management, and (vi) a pilot credit line for supporting downstream processing, value addition, storage and transportation requirements in the project area.|
|Outcome||Progress Toward Outcome|
1. Promotion of production and marketing of HVCs among small-scale farmers
2. Building NGO and public sector capacities and partnerships to provide training and credit support for small-scale farmers.
1. Awareness campaign through conducting demonstrations, extension services, organizing fairs, exchanges of field visits among beneficiary farmers and websites, general farmers are more aware about opportunities and potentials of HVCs production and marketing. Income of beneficiary farmers has increased. Woman beneficiary farmers are getting improved social as well as family status. An additional areas of more than 85,000 hectares have been brought under HVCs.
2. Capabilities of department of agricultural extension (DAE) in arranging farmers training have been improved. Major capacity developement support include training of trainers, training facilities developement, training materials development and supply of training equipment to the field offices. Partnership building between DAE and engaged partner NGOs progressed well.
|Outputs||Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)|
1. Farmer Training and Extension
2. Farmer Mobilization and Credit Support
3. Adaptive Research
4. Marketing Support
5. Pilot Agribusiness Credit Line
6. Project Management Support
1. About 326,020 beneficiary farmers were trained (include trainees at the initial stage of the Project before group formation and trainees availed training more than once counted more than once also) under a day-long village based program. Training on gender and development, HVC, and marketing training was provided to 18,750 farmer group leaders; and 450 group leaders of farmers marketing group (FMG) received two-day residential training on post-harvest management and marketing of HVCs. Under extension, 549 stakeholders workshops, 450 motivational tour, 250 agriculture fairs, and 3,896 field demonstration were organized. Training of trainers (TOT) course for season long farmers field school (FFS) was provided to 326 DAE officials. Total 30,275 farmers trained in FFSs.
2. Total 12,415 (99% of revised target---Original target was 10,000 and the revised target is 12,500) farmer groups formed covering 240,431 (326,020 including reapeters) targeted farmers. Of the groups formed, BRAC, PROSHIKA, RDRS, and GKF formed 4,823 (100%), 3,513 (97%), 2,457 (100%), and 1,622 (100%) groups respectively. Each group comprises 15-20 beneficiary farmers. A total 329,041 loans were disbursed to 186,282 farmers amounting Tk1,740 million for cultivation of HVCs. The loan repayment rate is maintained at above 98%.
3. Inventory on research needs of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) completed. Contract with BARI signed for conducting adaptive research. In all 22 need based adaptive research was undertaken completed and generated useful information. NCDP website developped and being updated regularly.
4. Market information dissemination strategy prepared and wholesale and retail prices of HVCs are being updated daily in the website and broadcasted regularly in electronic medias. Total 75 markets (15 wholesale and 60 growers) completed and handed over to Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM) for operation. Construction of central market to be completed by 30 November 2009. Construction of one wholesale market at Kurigram has been dropped for unavailability of suitable land.
5. Under the pilot agribusiness credit line, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) approved 14 subprojects amounting Tk75.85 million, of which, Tk52.2 million disbursed.
6. Project management supports completed that included capacity building of implementing agencies by providing vehicles, equipments, consultancy services and limited operational costs. The project has accomplished satisfactory progress as planned.
|Geographical Location||16 Districts of northwest region of Bangladesh|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Beneficiaries have been consulted for project design and implementation, and O&M during the PPTA implementation.|
|During Project Implementation||Beneficiaries will participate in the Project implementation, and operation and maintenance.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||
Arun Kumar Saha
|Responsible ADB Department||
South Asia Department
|Responsible ADB Division||
Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
|Concept Clearance||06 Jun 2000|
|Fact-finding||02 Jul 2000 to 16 Jul 2000|
|Appraisal||07 Aug 2000 to 17 Aug 2000|
|Board Approval||21 Nov 2000|
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