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Government’s model onion storage facilities a game-changer for farmers

Published : Friday, 14 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 238

In a bid to address the perennial crisis of onion shortages and price hikes in Bangladesh, government has embarked on a commendable initiative to construct model onion storage facilities across the country. This move aims to empower farmers, mitigate post-harvest losses, stabilize prices, and reduce dependency on onion imports.

The stark reality of annual onion wastage, amounting to approximately 10 lakh tonnes due to inadequate storage infrastructure, underscores the urgency of such initiatives. Despite being a surplus producer, Bangladesh has grappled with acute onion crises, leading to soaring prices and hardship for consumers. The construction of 230 model storage facilities in six onion-growing districts signifies a significant step towards resolving this issue.

These model storage facilities, each capable of preserving hundreds of tonnes of onions, offer a lifeline to farmers during the lean season. By allowing growers to store their produce and sell it at a more favourable price, the facilities empower them to break free from the exploitative practices of middlemen and wholesalers.

According to a news report published in this daily on Thursday, two farmers benefiting from these storage facilities, share stories of success and resilience. Their ability to preserve onions without fear of spoilage has not only safeguarded their livelihoods but also boosted their profits. With improved storage options, farmers like them can now anticipate fair returns for their hard work and investments.
The design and construction of these storage houses, incorporating innovative features such as controlled temperature and humidity, are testament to meticulous planning and research by the Housing and Building Research Institute (HBRI). Such attention to detail ensures the longevity and effectiveness of these facilities, providing farmers with a sustainable solution to their storage needs.

Moreover, the economic implications of this initiative extend beyond the agricultural sector. By curbing onion imports and reducing post-harvest losses, Bangladesh stands to save valuable foreign exchange while enhancing food security and self-sufficiency.

Looking ahead, the Modernised Preservation and Marketing System for Onion and Garlic Development Project holds promise for further transforming Bangladeshs agricultural landscape. Project Director Md Helal Uddins vision of achieving self-sufficiency in onion production and eliminating the need for imports is both ambitious and attainable.

Last but not the least, governments efforts to establish model onion storage facilities represent a paradigm shift in agricultural practices. By empowering farmers, mitigating losses, and ensuring food security, these initiatives herald a brighter future for Bangladeshs agriculture sector. As the nation moves towards self-reliance, the benefits of these investments will be felt by farmers, consumers, and the economy at large.

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